Korean Style Pork Ribs. This is one of my favorite ways to eat baby back ribs! Sticky, succulent…well you’ll need some napkins 🙂 Today we will pair it a bowl of refreshing Korean Radish Salad.
In Seoul, most families live in apartments. Since we don’t have backyards or patios, we don’t have the luxury to do large BBQs at home. Instead, Koreans like to braise and reduce big meats. This recipe is a perfect example of that.
Today, we will reduce baby back ribs in a sticky and flavorful soy sauce. After reducing for an hour, the ribs absorb the flavor of the infused soy sauce. They taste salty, sweet and succulent. Best when eaten with a bowl of rice on the side. As a bonus, I will also show you how to make Korean Radish salad. Korean Radish is filled with natural juices. So they taste very refreshing in a salad! Bon Appetit!
Korean Style Pork Ribs + Korean Radish Salad
Yield 2-3 people
The ribs are salty, sticky and sweet! Pair with with a refreshing and juicy Korean radish salad.
Korean-Style Pork Ribs
- Baby back pork ribs - 1kg (~2 lbs)
- Onion - 1/2 a whole
- Spring onion - 1 stalk (Forearm length, use white and green part)
- Mirin - 1/3 cup (or use any cooking wine)
- Soy sauce - 1/3 cup
- Mirin - 1/4 cup (or use any cooking wine)
- Honey - 5 Tablespoon
- Sugar - 1 Tablespoon
- Minced garlic - 1 Tablespoon
- Water - 2.5 cup
Korean Radish Salad
- Korean radish - 1/2 a whole
- Spring onion - 3 Tablespoons
- Gochugaru (Korean red chili flakes) - 2 Tablespoons
- Minced garlic - 1/2 Tablespoon
- Sugar - 1.5 Tablespoons
- Vinegar - 2 Tablespoons
- Salt - 1/2 Tablespoon
- Sesame oil - 1 teaspoon
- Sesame seeds - a little (optional, garnish)
Korean BBQ Braised Ribs
- Prep work: Place the ribs in a mixing bowl. Cover the ribs with cold water. Let it soak for 30 minutes.
- Cut onion and spring onion into thin slices.
- Make Braising Sauce: Mix in all of the listed ingredients and give a thorough whisk. Then place spring onions pieces in as well.
- After soaking, drain the ribs and give another quick wash under running water. Then place the ribs in a large pot. Pour enough water to fully cover the ribs in the pot. Bring pot up to boil. Once it is boiling, place in 1/3 cup of mirin. This will get rid of any pork smell. Let it boil for 10 minutes.
- After 10 minutes, strain it and give the ribs another rinse under running water.
- Then place the rinsed ribs back into a pot. Add the onions strip on top of them. Then place the braising sauce in.
- Place the pot on a medium heat and bring it up to a gentle simmer (adjust heat if needed). Let it reduce for about 50 minutes. We want to reduce the sauce until almost all of the liquid has evaporated. Remember to give it a stir once in a while.
- After 50 minutes, most of the sauce should have evaporated. The leftover sauce will become thick and bubble-up, like runny maple syrup. This is the consistency you are looking for. Turn off the heat. It is ready.
- Plate the ribs. Then get a scoop of the leftover sauce from the bottom of the top and spread over the ribs. Garnish with sesame seeds and spring onions. Enjoy!
Korean Radish Salad
- Cut Korean radish in half. Peel it. Then cut it into thin discs (thinner the better) and then julienne into long matchstick pieces. Cut spring onion into small slices as well.
- Take out a large mixing bowl. Place radish slices in. Then put in the spring onion pieces.
- Then add gochugaru, minced garlic, sugar, vinegar, salt and sesame oil. Mix everything thoroughly.
- Garnish with sesame seeds
- Set the heat so the pot is on a gentle simmer - not a roaring boil! For me - this was a medium heat. You do not want the soy sauce to burn!!
- When the ribs are reducing, make sure to stir them around once in a while
- The ribs are salty - so eat with some rice.
- Watch video below for more details