Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Braised Beef Ribs

Last night, as I was enjoying dinner with Joie at Steak M.D. (our latest great gastronomic discovery), I got a text from a good friend whom I haven't seen in quite a while. She was going to Anawangin Beach in Zambales this weekend, and wanted a few suggestions on what to cook for Sunday lunch.

Because i was beefily inspired at the moment, I quickly recommended Braised Beef Ribs. It was a dish I cooked during my Bagsit River birthday trek last April, and up to now some friends who joined me in that climb still tell me how fabulous it was.

Now I'm not a great cook -- I'm just good at following directions. This recipe is the Poor Pinoy Cook variation, good for four to five hungry mountaineers. Zoe, if you're reading this, leave a comment after the weekend and let me know how it turned out!

Precooking instructions:
Boil 750g beef short ribs for about an hour till tender. Drain, let cool and store. If you have a suitable container, bring with you to the climb about one or two cups of the stock. If not, just pack in some beef cubes with you.

In a saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon oil then saute 2 cloves minced garlic, 1 tablespoons chopped ginger, 1 minced white onion, and two tablespoons brown sugar. Add 3 tablespoons soy sauce, 2 cups beef stock, 1 whole star anise, and the short ribs. Bring to a boil then simmer for 15-20 mins. Season to taste. Add 1 tablespoon sesame oil and 1/2 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds. Serve topped with sliced leeks to complete the illusion that you know what you're doing.


Zoe said...

hey marko! thanks for the recipe!
but now i don't know what to do with star anise (i had to buy a pack of it) haha!
i forgot to take a picture of the dish but i have a shot of my satisfied customers here:
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cathy said...

yay braised beef. allow me to add knifing off the garlic as thin as possible instead of mincing it. makes the garlic virtually melts. :)