Chinese Steamed Spare Ribs with Black Beans

Steamed spare ribs with black beans is one of my go-to dishes at Cantonese dim sum places. These bite-sized pork ribs are tender, flavorful and juicy, how can you not love it? Plus, you won’t believe how easy it is to make this popular dim sum dish!

Why bother spending money in a restaurant when you can make it equally delicious food at home?

Ingredients (serves 2):

  • 250g spare ribs
  • 1 tbs cooking wine
  • 2 tsb vegetable oil
  • 1 tbs cornstarch
  • 1-2 tbs oyster sauce
  • 1 tbs Chinese fermented black beans
  • 1-2 chili peppers
  • 1-2 gloves garlic
  • 1-2 small taro


  • Adding oil and cornstarch helps lock juice of pork
  • Cover the bowl with aluminum foil to prevent excess moist from entering the dish.


  1. Cut taro into medium dice, steam/microwave until fully cooked or halfway through. Let cool for later use.
  2. Cut spare ribs into bite-size pieces, rinse off the blood. Drain and pat dry with paper towel.
  3. Combine ribs with fermented black beans (rinsed), chopped chili peppers, minced garlic and all the other flavoring ingredients.
  4. Mix all the ingredients and let stand for at least 1 hour. Place ribs on top of taro, steam for 40 min (depending on the container size and amount of taro)

Serve immediately with rice. The dish is actually already delicious by itself. 

Flavorful, tender, covered with rich black bean sauce, this black bean steamed spare ribs dish tastes just as good as ones in Cantonese restaurants!


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