"Honey, I'm home!" I quipped as I walked in the door.
The best sight for a woman to come home to after work?
Not one, but TWO men in her kitchen cooking dinner. Ooh, yeah! :P
Shortly after my Crock Pot Pho Bo (Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup) dinner, lil' sis's best friend asked if he could make dinner for both of us.
Someone wanting to cook for me?
Like he had to ask!
He said he wanted to make up for all the times I cooked for him. Hey, I don't need any justifications. Lil' sis's other friend joined him in the kitchen too. The boys were cooking us a four-course meal of Chinese spare ribs with Coke and soy sauce, Chinese tomato egg stir-fry, fried rice with Chinese sausage, eggs, and lettuce, and sauteed bok choy with garlic.
The spare ribs with Coke and soy sauce was a quick and easy recipe that lil' sis's best friend got from his mom. The only difficult part was that my stove is so old that it literally doesn't boil water. Poor guy. He got so frustrated waiting for the sauce to reduce. What should've taken 20 minutes took nearly an hour. Meanwhile, the boys were busy slicing and sauteing. Lil' sis eventually joined in to help. I just sat back and snapped lots of photos. :)
Chinese Spare Ribs with Coca Cola and Soy Sauce
recipe courtesy of lil' sis's best friend's mom, as prepared by lil' sis's best friend
For four servings, you'll need:
2 lbs pork spare ribs
12-oz Coca Cola
2 tblsp soy sauce
Pork spare ribs are these shorter ones. Wash and cut them into sections.
Bring a large pot of water to boil and add the spare ribs. Let them boil for about 10 minutes until scum comes to the surface. Dump everything into a colander and wash the impurities from the spare ribs. If you don't mind impurities, then you can skip this step.
Then place the cleaned ribs in a pan on medium heat. Add about 12-oz of Coke and 2 tblsp soy sauce.
The sauce will eventually reduce and thicken.
This can take anywhere from 20 minutes to about 45 minutes depending on your pan and heat.
The ribs are done when the sauce is thickened to your liking. Don't forget or else the ribs will burn. Ack!
Don't worry. I turned the burnt spots away from the camera, they weren't so noticeable. The spare ribs were just slightly sweet and perfectly tender.
I had mentioned the dinner on my Facebook and one of my childhood friends asked for the recipe. She immediately made it and said it was a hit with her kids. Delicious and quick to make after work. She already planned to make it again.
Thanks to lil' sis's best friend for the dinner and thanks to his mom for the recipe!
Other recipes from this dinner:
Chinese Tomato Egg Shrimp Stir-Fry
Fried Rice with Chinese Sausage, Eggs, and Lettuce
Bok Choy Sauteed with Garlic
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