Spicy Braised Pork Ribs

I mostly cook with pork or chicken for our usual/normal daily meals. Hubby's favourite cuts of pork are ribs and belly pork. Oh, and bacon lol. I'm not too keen to use belly pork too often, but will usually have portioned packs of ribs in my freezer, all washed and cut, ready to be cooked.

This recipe was inspired by a Facebook friend who recommended her recipe to me as it was one of her favourite dishes. Her recipe was a thermomix based one and she shared it with me with full knowledge for me to adapt and use it in my KitchenAid Cook Processor (CP). I have changed and adapted some ingredients to suit our taste/preference. If possible (and when you remember!) try to marinate the meat beforehand, but all is not lost if you are running short on time as I've cooked this dish by quickly marinating the meat only for the duration of time it took me to prep all the other ingredients ready for cooking.

Spicy Braised Pork Ribs with Carrots & Tofu Puffs

1 kg meaty pork ribs - cut into bite sized chunks
marinate ribs for 1 hour or where possible, overnight with :-
·      1 tablespoon sugar
·      1 tablespoon potato/corn flour
·      2 tablespoons soy sauce
·      2 tablespoons Chinese cooking wine (or sweet sherry wine)

The rest of ingredients
·      4 cloves garlic (peeled)
·      1 large onion (peeled, quartered)
·      3 to 5 red chillies (deseeded)
·      1-inch knob of ginger (sliced)
·      2 tablespoons ground bean paste
·      2 tablespoons tomato sauce

·      3 tablespoons cooking oil (use a neutral tasting oil)
·      3 kaffir lime leaves

·      2 tomatoes (quartered)
·      2 carrots (peeled and cut into bite sized chunks)
·      1 cup hot water

·      3 squares tofu puffs (each sliced into 4 slices)
·      Salt to taste

Method for KitchenAid Cook Processor (CP)

Insert MultiBlade into CP bowl
  1. Add garlic, onion, chillies, ginger, bean paste, tomato sauce.
  2. Pulse 5 seconds to get a coarse chopped mix. Scrape down sides of bowl.
Change to StirAssist Blade
  1. Add oil, kaffir lime leaves – launch program Fry P1, increase to speed 1, reduce time to 5 minutes.
  2. Add meat – launch program Fry P1.
  3. Next add carrots, tomatoes and hot water – set CP to 100C, Speed INT, 25 mins, measuring cup in.
  4. At the last 10 mins, pause CP, taste and add salt if needed. Add in the sliced tofu puffs. Continue cooking without measuring cup.

Note: My pork ribs were nice and tender at end of cook time. Cooking time needs to be adjusted as required as it depends on how large your chunks of meat are. If your meat needs more cooking, just add additional 5 or 10 mins as necessary.