August 24, 2011

Ribs ( African + Asian fusion)

I like Asian food, I actually think there is an avenue for a very interesting fusion between African and Asian food but that is story for another day. I try my hand on my own version of "Asian" food very now and then.
Here I have steamed basmati rice, mixed mushroom,  baked plantain and Korean style short ribs.


1 cup mushroom (sliced)
2 sprigs green onions (chopped)
1/2 small size white onion( chopped)
1 plantain (sliced lengthwise)
1 lb short ribs or beef
Salt to taste
Black pepper to taste
2Tspn ketchup*
1tsp sugar
1tspn pepper soup spice
1Tspn soy sauce

  • Wash the ribs, combine it with some salt and pepper. set on medium heat, boil for 25mins.
  • Set the oven to 350, remove the ribs from heat and drain. combine the ketchup and sugar. Coat the ribs with the ketchup and place them on the oven tray.
  • Brush another sheet with some oil, place the sliced plantain on the sheet and sprinkle that with some salt.
  • Place the ribs and plantain in the oven, cook for another 20min turning once at the 10mins interval.
  • While the ribs is in the over, boil your rice.
  • In another pot, combine the mushroom, spring onion and white onion, add in 3 tables spoons water, pepper soup spice and the soy sauce. set on medium heat and leave to cook for 6mins. Remove from heat.
  • Use the sauce from the mushrooms as the sauce for your rice.

*You can always use pre-made BBQ sauce if you are not a ketchup fan*

(Option B)If you are not a big fan of Ketchup, simply boil your ribs(first step above), after 25mins, add in your vegetables of choice (green beans, mushroom, onions), about 1/2 cup water,pepper soup spice, 1tspn sugar,chilli flakes(optional) and 1Tspn soy sauce. combine and leave to cook for another 10mins. Serve on rice.
The end product of option B should look like this.

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Prism of an immigrant said...

Both look good, but I prefer option A. When do you take the time to cook all these food? Your taste buds must be so thankful for the variety of food you give them. Unlike mine, that only eat staple naija foods repeatedly.

A-9ja-Great said...

U don come again o! *salivating*

The Relentless Builder said...

African-Asian fusion...I like! Option A looks more appetizing, but I am more likely to try Option B to omit th ketchup and sugar. I can't wait to try this one!

deolascope said...

I love my ketchup any day any time. Looks really appetizing

MsJB said...

Great job! Both options are worth trying

9jaFOODie said...

@Prism : Mehnnn.. cooking is my therapy, most days after 9 hours at work, I find solace in my kitchen.

@A-9ja-Great: Thanks dear, one day I will send you an open invitation for dinner

@Relentless Builder: lol... you can always use BBQ sauce if you don't like ketchup. Yeiii... I am excited for you to try it

@Deolascope: Thanks dear

@MsJB: Thanks you!

dayor said...

This looks good especially Option B, hoping to try it soon....

9jaFOODie said...

@dayor: yes yes yes..try it and let me know what you think!

sara said...

its looks great....jst wanted 2 know if there is a particular type of mushroom one shuld use

9jaFOODie said...

@Sara: you can use any mushroom your fancy, I used crimini in this recipe.

Wisdom Calls said...

Looks very yummy, love eating ribs.
Thanks for sharing!

Myne Whitman said...

Unless the mushroom is a bit more sauce-y, the first option looks a bit dry. Love the second!

9jaFOODie said...

@Wisdom calls:You are welcome

@Ms Myne: yeaa...The 2nd option definitely has more broth than the first.

Locs Galore said...

Both options look soooo are making me to be a more creative cook...cheers!!

N.I.L (Naijamum in London) said...


I like my ribs with onion rings and salad....*drool*

Re: the ribs...My take:

I boil them initially in a mix of soy sauce + sweet chilli sauce + chopped garlic

Before I put them in the oven, I coat them with barbecue sauce

Makes it even stickier - with a lovely sweet/sour flavour.

stelzz said...

i think i'll try option B. it looks yummy...option A doesn't look bad either but i'll rather do it with fries

Shabby said...

such a good dish to try! i love the fusion!

Mstizzle said...

NOoooo!!! I can't focus on my diet if I keep coming to this site!!! Gotta try this though :)

Mstizzle said...

p.s- Option B for me. I'm all for pepper.

9jaFOODie said...

@Locs: thank you!!

@NIL: YUM YUMM... you are a foodie

@Stelzz: kk...let me know how it turns out.

@Shabby: thank you!!

@Mstizzle: lol... pepper helps to boost your metabolism which is awesome for diet, plus all the veggies make it good for you :D- just replace the rice with more veggies.

Mstizzle said...

Ooh nice! Gracias!

Adura Ojo (Naijalines) said...

I love both options but option B is calling my name. Love the fusion. I'll be having it on the dinner table soon.

Nat. said...

You know, I've noticed the similarity between African and Asian dishes most especially when watching Luke Nguyen's show on the food network.
Option B looks great (salivating). I've got to share this with my sister.

Ginger said...

Prism asked the question on my mind...
I am hungry but rather than go to the kitchen, i eat biscuits. cooking is not therapy mostly unless i am giving a man therapy :)

Option A for me. love my dodo thank you.

e__victor said...

I prefer option B because everyone seems to like A. I like my green peas?

NikkiSho said...

I Like both but B looks more inviting :D
i've never made ribs myself i only buy from restaurants :|
i will like to try NIL's combo with onion rings and


As a fan of Asian food, I think a whole lot can be done with our kind of food too. I lived in Singapore for a few years and that mix below is one of my favourites...
Thanks for sharing.


9jaFOODie said...

@Mstizzle: you are welcome :)

@Naijalines: yeiiii... I am happy to hear that.

@Nat: please do share, and you are so right about the similarities. I am on the dodo team as well :D

@E_VICTOR: awww...they are green beans :D...look at you all undercover foodie n stuff :)

@Nikkisho: lol...u n NIL..i have never had onion rings and I don't think I ever will.Yeiii to salad.

@LDP: You are right. That's my dream. tHANKS for the comment.

Bolanle Fasokun said...

Looks nice and yeah, I can not wait to try it! Thanks!

Adura said...

You make me wanna lick my laptop screen... not good ;)

9jaFOODie said...

@Bolanle: that is exciting, let me know how it turns out

@Adura: lol... sorry my dear.

HumanBeing said...

Chai all this without me hmmm i'm def carrying my tummy down there for thanxgiving .... looks too yummy now i'm hungry

9jaFOODie said...

@HumanBeing: that you?????? 0_O

enybees-hub said...

Hmm na spirit make ‎​​me open this meal and quite unfortunately,its too late to eat. Why did I MAC? Whyyyy oh mai? Kai you're a talent :D

*SweetlyBroken* said...

You're such a good cook....even though I'm yet to taste one of your dishes. Lol. Keep up the good work though. Why don't you get your own show or something? Good idea huh? Hehe.

Well,I love the idea of combinatining both Asian and African Cusine...very nice! :)

9jaFOODie said...

@Enybees-Hub: awwww.. I am sorry my love, lol. Thanks for the kind words, always makes me smile :D

@SweetlyBroken: lol... I will invite you for the restaurant opening *wink* then you can eat as much as you want. lol@ own show.. I am not a big camera person, I like being in the background. :) #Ithink.

Anonymous said...

I love your blog. As a fellow Asian food lover, and all things Korean, to get more authentic Korean Galbi (short ribs), marinate the ribs in a mixture of seasoned water by mixing 2 cups of water, 4 tbs soy sauce, 8 cloves of minced garlic), 1/2 sliced onion, 1 tbs rice wine, and 1 tbs brown sugar.

Ms.Buki said...

Love both options. Would have ribs in option A as starter, then option B (with the rice, mixed mushrooms and plantain as my main. Lol.


kitkat said...

They both look so yummy, you always give my tummy a headache lol.

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9jaFOODie said...

@Anon: tHANKSS...I will try marinating it next time, how long do i leave it for??

@Ms.Buki: correct! lol

@KitKat: sorry boo boo :D

Anonymous said...

@9jaFOODIE: The longer you marinate it for, the juicer it gets. So overnight is better.

Korean Beef SR/갈비찜/ Galbi jjim
2lbs of beef short ribs, water, cooking wine, soy sauce, black pepper, brown sugar, garlic, green onion, onion, sesame oil, carrots, radish, shiitake mushrooms, and mulyeot (corn syrup).

1.Soak mushrooms in water for 4hrs.
2.Soak short ribs in cold water for at least 30 minutes.
3.Boil the ribs for 5-10 minutes.
4.Take out the ribs from the boiling water and wash with cold water to remove unnecessary fat.
5.Throw away the boiling water.
6.Place the ribs, back in the pot.
7.Prepare seasoned water by mixing 2 cups of water, 4 tbs soy sauce, 8 cloves of minced garlic,1/2 sliced onion, 1 tbs rice wine, and 1 tbs brown sugar. Add it to the short ribs in the pot.
8.Boil it on med heat for 20 mins.
9.While it boils,cut carrot and radish into cubes and round the edges to make several balls (the size of the balls should be like ping pong balls). Cut the soaked shiitake mushrooms into bite size.
10. Add all ingredients (carrot, radish, shiitake mushrooms) to the pot. Let it simmer for about 1 hour over low heat. Stir the ribs and other ingredients with a wooden spoon from time to time. Pour the liquid from the bottom of the pot over top of the meat
11.The meat is fully cooked and tender when your chopstick/fork smoothly goes through the meat.
12.Then add 2 tbs of moolyeot (corn syrup), 1 tbs sesame oil, 1/2 ts black pepper, and heat it up over high heat. Mix it well until liquid evaporates
13.Transfer galbi to a platter before serving. Enjoy :)

Samantha Jangira said...

Dang you're a good cook hands down! I love both options, they look delicious.

Sam x

Koinonia said...

What can I say? You most definitely are a Queen of variety.

9jaFOODie said...

@Anon: thank you much, I have noted the recipe

@Samantha: Thank you girl, means a lot

@Koinonia: Awww... thank you :D

HumanBeing said...

who are u expecting for thanxgiving of course its me

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