Spareribs with Black Beans, 蒸排骨

The Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of spareribs
  • 6-8 Garlic Cloves (or as much as you want)
  • 4 Tablespoons of Fermented Black Beans (Brand: Yang Jiang Preserved Beans)
  • 1.5-2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
  • 4 Tablespoons Cornstarch
  • 1 Teaspoon Sesame Oil
  • 1.5 Teaspoon Olive Oil
  • ½ -1 Teaspoon Chicken Bouillon

Special Note:

  • Do NOT use salt for this recipe or the spareribs will not be as tender!
  • You can always marinate the spareribs the night before you cook it, marinating the meat the day before will make this taste even better!


  • Chop up the spareribs and then rinse the spareribs in very hot water. Then put this on the side in a metal plate that can be put into a wok or pot for steaming. (Do not use paper towels to dry meat)
  • Soak the fermented black beans
  • Chop up the garlic cloves

  • Mix chopped garlic with rinsed spareribs first
  • Then add sugar, soy sauce, cornstarch, sesame oil and olive oil
  • Mix everything and let it sit for 10 -15 minutes

  • While everything sits, clean the black beans. Use hot water and keep rinsing, cleaning and throwing away the skin of the fermented black beans. It’s like cleaning and rinsing rice. This may take a while, you will notice a lot skin peeling from the black beans.
  • After the black beans are done, add them into the plate and mix it.
  • After mixing everything, the liquid in plate should be a look a bit thick. If not, add a little more cornstarch

  • Put plate into wok or pot with a metal steamer holder
  • No need to wait for boiled water in wok or pot for this dish
  • Put on cover and boil water
  • Once it goes to boil, put heat down to medium
  • If the spareribs were frozen, cook for 30 minutes. If the spareribs were fresh, cook for 40 minutes (These times are based on not waiting for water to boil)
  • If it’s not salty enough, just add some soy sauce

Tip from Mom:

  • It’s okay to cook longer than minutes stated above, the longer you steam this, the more tender the spareribs become.