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Friday, August 20, 2010

Pork Ribs with Korean Gochujang and Indonesian Kecap Manis

Korean Gochujang and Indonesian Kecap Manis Pork Ribs 1

This is my newest rib recipe. Well, not in terms of being posted, because it always takes me forever to get around to anything, but newest in creating the recipe. I made these ribs in April and even got around to blogging it before the year is up! What is the world coming to?

And can I say, these are the best photos yet? My ribs are almost always succulent and fall-off-the-bone tender, but these photos really, really show it.

Again, I was going with quick and simple. Ever since I started experimenting with Indonesian kecap manis in the kitchen, it has been my go-to sauce for instant color and to add a slight sweetness to meats. I like Korean gochujang chili paste for its slight sweetness and slight spiciness. Combine the two, with salt for seasoning, and the result were ribs with a light sticky glaze, a little bit sweet, a little bit spicy.

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Korean Gochujang and Indonesian Kecap Manis Pork Ribs

For 2 lbs of pork ribs, you'll need:
2 lbs of pork ribs :)
2 tsp salt
2 tblsp Indonesian kecap manis
2 tblsp Korean gochujang chili paste, adjust according to your spicy tolerance

Wash the ribs.

Mix all the ingredients together until a paste is formed.

Then rub the mixture all over the ribs, about two-thirds on the meaty side.

Bake at 325 degrees for 45 minutes, meaty side down.

Then flip the ribs and bake for another 20 minutes. Broil for about 5 minutes at the end if you'd like the meat to have a slight char.

Remove the ribs from the oven and let rest for about 15 minutes to let the juices redistribute.

Korean Gochujang and Indonesian Kecap Manis Pork Ribs 3

Fall-apart tender ribs that you won't be able to stop eating.

Korean Gochujang and Indonesian Kecap Manis Pork Ribs 4


Some of my other rib recipes:
Char Siu/Xa Xiu (Chinese/Vietnamese Barbecued Pork)
Chinese Coca Cola and Soy Sauce Spare Ribs
Chinese Five-Spice and Honey Ribs
Kalbi (Korean Ribs)
Pork Ribs with Coca Cola and Strawberry Jam

1 year ago today, Chao Ga (Vietnamese Chicken Rice Porridge).
2 years ago today, part two of my "How to Start a Food Blog" series -- On Blogging and Food Blogging.
3 years ago today, Che Bap (Vietnamese Corn Pudding with Tapioca Pearls and Coconut Milk).


  1. These ribs look really succulent and delicious! My hubbs loves fall off the bone juicy ribs! Hmmmm.....wonder what we'll have for dinner tonight?

  2. I am so glad you posted this. I want to try the sauce combo ASAP. The photos are spectacular. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  3. *drools* it's so early in the morning to crave ribs now! I haven't even eaten breakfast yet... :P

  4. Those two ingredients are my fave, gochujang and kecap manis. Btw, I used bango brand which only can be found at certain Asian grocers.

  5. Kecap manis is soooo good. When I have more time I'm gonna comb through all your recipes and eat like a king.

  6. Kecap Manis is the wonder sauce! It's an instant baste and caramelizer. I mix it up with pepper, and lime juice, spread it on lamb satay about halfway through cooking over coals...okay, I just salivated all over my keyword.

  7. this looks like its pretty easy to make, must go try this out!

  8. hi wc - yay, another rib recipe to try out this weekend! i just need to get some kecap manis. the coca cola/strawberry jam ribs were a hit last week.

  9. I bought some kecap on your recommendation a while ago, and it is really nice. I use it in marinades instead of soy sauce now. These ribs sound delicious!

  10. PlumLeaf,
    They were. You should totally make them!

    It was totally a lazy recipe that worked out really well.

    I was sooo craving ribs when I sorted through the photos for this post.

    Thanks for the suggestion. I used ABC because that's what Mochachocolata Rita uses, but I'll look for Bango for comparison.

    Not a queen? :P

    I remember you giving me that recipe on another old post. I looove kecap manis. It's so versatile.

    That's how I came up with this. Too lazy to do much and I was huuungry.

    I think this and the Coke/strawberry ribs would be nice and different.

    Nice to know others are paying attention to what I suggest. :P


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