Spareribs With Black Beans

Course : Chinese
Serves: 6
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1 pound pork spareribs -- individual ribs cut into 1 inch long pieces -- see * note 1
3 tablespoons soy sauce -- light
2 tablespoons Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
3 cloves garlic -- chopped fine
1 tablespoon dow-see -- rinsed and mashed,
1 dash brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon msg -- (optional)
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon garlic and red chili paste -- or to taste, see *
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 medium green onions -- chopped
1/2 medium green pepper -- julienne

Preparation / Directions:

* Note 1: Have your butcher run the ribs through his band saw. * Note 2: Fermented black beans, available in Asian or Oriental markets. * Note 3: Available in Asian or Oriental markets. Place the sparerib pieces in a colander and pour two quarts of boiling water over them. Do this in the sink. Drain them well and stir-fry or pan-fry until lightly browned. Drain the fat and place them in a bowl. Add all other ingredients except the onions and green pepper. Mix well, then add the onions and pepper. Place in a steaming dish and steam for 1 hour 15 minutes. They will be very tender and delicious. This dish, popular even at formal Chinese dinners, must be chewed on and the flavor is wonderful.

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