Hoisin or Haixian sauce is a Chinese sauce that is made out of sweet potato, soybeans and peppers red chili peppers, a very popular flavouring in a lot of Chinese dishes such as spring rolls, Peking duck and barbecue pork. The word “Hoisin” in Cantonese means seafood but despite its name this sauce does not contain any form of seafood.
While most of us knew that barbecued ribs is a popular American dish there is an Asian counterpart that exists on the other side of the world. Procedures are nearly the same but instead of using barbecue sauce it was replaced by Hoisin sauce, which gives it an Asian twist. It can be cooked in the grill or oven and it still have that sweet and savoury taste that everyone loves.
1.5 kg pork ribs, cut into serving size pieces
1 cup hoisin sauce
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup soy sauce
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp five spice powder
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
3 tbsp oil
1. In a bowl combine all ingredients together apart from the pork ribs.
2. Pour sauce on pork ribs and make sure everything is coated with the sauce. Place in a covered container then refrigerate for 48 hours.
3. Remove pork ribs from the refrigerator then reserve the marinade.
4. Put marinade in a saucepan then let it boil until sauce thickens.
5. Prepare a baking pan with water, put wire rack on top then arrange the pork ribs. Bake in a 150C preheated oven, occasionally basting with the sauce for 2 – 2.5 hours or until pork ribs are cooked and fork tender.