Sunday, January 03, 2010

Thit Suon Kho Ngu Vi (Vietnamese Braised Spare Ribs with 5-Spice)

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I often cook multiple dishes with overlapping ingredients at the same time for ease. So while the Chinese Braised Oxtails with 5-Spice and Hoisin Sauce were simmering away, I also made a pot of Thit Suon Kho Ngu Vi (Vietnamese Braised Spare Ribs with 5-Spice).

This is another classic Vietnamese recipe, along the same lines as Thit Heo Kho Trung (Vietnamese Braised Pork with Eggs), but I elevated it just a bit with a little Chinese 5-spice powder. The key, though, is the caramel sauce, which provides a slight sweetness and depth to the dish, as well as all that lovely color.


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Thit Suon Kho Ngu Vi (Vietnamese Braised Spare Ribs with 5-Spice)

For 2 lbs of spare ribs, you'll need:
2 tblsp Nuoc Mau (Vietnamese Caramel Sauce) or substitute with 1 tblsp Indonesian kecap manis
2 lbs spare ribs, cut into individual sections
1 tsp salt
1 tsp Nuoc Mam (Vietnamese Fish Sauce)

1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp Chinese 5-spice powder
1 12-oz can Coco Rico or fresh coconut juice

Clean and wash the spare ribs. Cut them into individual sections. Set aside.

Make the caramel sauce and right when the sugar darkens, add 1 cup of water and the spare ribs. Or cheat like I do and use 1 tblsp kecap manis.

Then add 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp fish sauce, 1/2 tsp ground black pepper, 1/2 tsp Chinese 5-spice powder, and a can of Coco Rico.


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The Coco Rico makes the liquid a little bubbly at first, but it'll disappear. Partially cover the pot and let simmer on medium-low heat for an hour.


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The liquid will go down a bit and the spare ribs can actually be eaten now if you want. But, I leave the lid off for another half hour to reduce the liquid and tenderize the meat further. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary.


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Now, it's almost perfect for eating. A little too fatty for me. So I put it in the refrigerator overnight for the fat to harden.


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The next morning, just spoon off the fatty layer and reheat the spare ribs.


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Serve with rice or spoon over claypot rice, but that's a recipe for another day.


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Enjoy!

Some other braised dishes you might like:
Bo Kho (Vietnamese Beef Stew)
Bo Kho Mang (Vietnamese Braised Beef with Bamboo Shoots)
Chinese Braised Oxtails with 5-Spice and Hoisin Sauce
Boeuf Bourguignon (French Beef Burgundy)
Osso Bucco (Italian Braised Beef Shanks)
Suon Kho Xa Gung Toi Ot (Vietnamese Braised Pork Chops with Lemongrass, Ginger, Garlic, and Chilies)
Suon Kho Xi Muoi (Vietnamese Braised Pork Chops with Preserved Plums)
Thit Heo Kho Dau Hu (Vietnamese Braised Pork with Tofu)
Thit Heo Kho Mit (Vietnamese Braised Pork with Jackfruit)
Thit Heo Kho Trung (Vietnamese Braised Pork with Eggs)
Vietnamese-French Braised Short Ribs with Red Wine and Mushrooms
Xiu Mai (Vietnamese Meatballs)

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7 comments:

  1. Gorgeous pics! And great recipe. I often cook several dishes at the same time... but I eat them all by the end... :) Great write-up. Keep it up!

    Joz

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  2. This is another one I am putting on my list to try, might even get to it this weekend! Sounds delicious!

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  3. omg so yum! these days i go crazy whenever i see rice because i am trying to be on a low carb diet T_T

    i think i can eat this with tofu puffs and veggie instead of rice, but you know...this tastes best with rice T_T omo omo mammamia!

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  4. Hello! The spare ribs photos almost make me wish I ate meat! :-)

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  5. That looks really good. I like to refrigerate my spare ribs and remove the floating fat too. They're tasty but surprisingly fat!

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  6. Yum! Much like what I do when I have spare ribs, but mine never turn out like the dimsum version at Wongs King or Ocean City. Any ideas how to pull that off? Theirs are never as tender as falling off the bone. It seems I don't know where to stop the cooking. Plus they use taro or kabucha squash and some black bean. I just can't figure it out.

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  7. Joz,
    Sometimes I get into moods where I cook a lot of dishes at once so I can eat them over the week. It's easier for photographing on the blog too.

    76dragon,
    Let me know how it goes!

    Rita,
    Low carb diets kill me because some dishes don't taste good with anything else except rice!

    W&S!
    OMG! You're back! Missed you!

    Lamchop,
    Yeah, pouring or scooping out the fat while it's liquid just isn't the same. It's crazy how much fat is in spare ribs.

    Russell,
    I think the Chinese version are steamed? I think with soy sauce and vinegar? The taro or squash are to absorb the extra fat that drips down, but that makes them tasty too. :P

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