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Pork Ribs Blog Monster Style

Pork Ribs Blog Monster Style

Since my parents are in town, the highlights  have been the nightly chats about “what to eat for dinner” with my Mom, aka the Blog Monster.  We’ll go over my cookbooks and magazines and make a list of things we want to try out.  The frequency and speed at which we change our minds, and ultimately, the dinner’s menu, is ridiculous.  The other night for instance, as I sat at the foot of her bed, we flicked through one of my “food inspiration” binders and decided that we were going to make pasta, then changed our mind when she wanted to make fish in coconut milk, and then we canned the fish and decided to go for this Korean Fried Chicken recipe that I had printed from the Saveur website.

I mentioned that I had heard many great things about this so called “other KFC” and had wanted to try this for a long time.  The Blog Monster skimmed through the piece of paper, nodding her head once or twice, as if in agreement with the recipe.  “Yes, this is what we’re having for dinner tomorrow” she said.

So I’m day dreaming about having Korean Fried Chicken the whole day and manage to actually leave the office earlier than usual in anticipation of that meal. I get home and am greeted by the familiar smell of garlic, ginger and chili wafting through the air.

I do a double take when I see her pan frying pork ribs… remember, the original recipe is for DEEP FRIED CHICKEN.

“Come and have a look,” says the Blog Monster.  “I’ve made that Korean recipe we talked about.”

Mothers!  🙂

Anyway, recipe confusion aside, her rendition of Korean Fried Chicken (also known as The Blog Monster’s Pork Ribs) is excellent.  Seriously.  I had no intention of posting this given the bad evening light but I ran to the laundry room to take a few shots.  I just had to share it with you.  If  you are so inclined (and I am sure I will one day finally get to it as well), the original Korean Fried Chicken is on the link above.  In the meantime, try this one instead!

Blog Monster's Pork Ribs

Blog Monster's Pork Ribs

Blog Monster’s Pork Ribs

Adapted from the Saveur website

  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 3 to 4 cm ginger, peeled
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons gojujang (Korean Chili Paste)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 85 grams flour (2/3 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1.5 kilos pork ribs
  • Oil for pan frying
  1. Using a food processor, process the garlic, ginger, soy sauce, chilipaste, vinegar, sesame oil and brown sugar in a bowl.
  2. Add the eggs and place the pork ribs in the mixture. Allow to marinate for 2 hours
  3. Mix the flour and cornstarch together and dredge the marinated pork ribs in it.
  4. Heat the oil in a frying pan over high heat. Pan fry for around 3 to 5 minutes on each side until sticky, golden and slightly charred.

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