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We Hacked Tambai’s Beef Rib Finger so You Don’t Have to Stress about Poblacion Parking

July 24, 2018

Tambai’s fast-cooking, relatively affordable (when you share or just get their food as pulutan that is), delicious yakitori is one of the OGs of the Poblacion area, with it being a long-time key destination of the area back when the area was still low-key. One of their faved dishes is the ever-so-soft beef rib finger (which is essentially the rib cut sans the rib bone, and not the finger. Cows don’t have fingers.).

What song do you hear in your head when you see this?

You can ask for the beef rib finger from the butcher (try looking for US beef rib fingers in the frozen section), or just get ribs and cut the “finger” out yourself. Just make sure your grill is hot so that you don’t have to deal with sticky fingers. Like the meat sticking to the grill? (We tried to do the most wholesome finger joke and, yeah, sorry about that.)

Tambai Beef Rib Finger

  • Serves: 6 people
  • Active time: 15 minutes
  • Total time: 15 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy

INGREDIENTS

Marinade

  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup Mirin
  • ½ cup sake
  • ½ cup sugar

Beef Rib Finger

  • 12 pieces beef rib finger
  • 2 tbsp. oil

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a sauce pan, combine soy sauce, Mirin, sake, and sugar.
  2. Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat and cook until sugar has dissolved and the sauce has thickened, about 5–10 minutes. Remove sauce from the heat.
  3. In a large bowl, add the beef, half of the sauce, and oil, tossing to coat evenly.
  4. Take pieces of rib finger and skewer each piece onto a bbq stick.
  5. Over a grill or grill pan on high heat, grill the skewers, basting with the remaining half of the sauce using a brush.
  6. Turn skewers over frequently to get even browning, and cook for 5–8 minutes or until cooked through and charred.
  7. Serve.
Bea Osmeña SEE AUTHOR Bea Osmeña

Bea Osmeña is a healthy-ish eater who is just as likely to take you to a vegan joint as she is to consume a whole cheese pie to herself. A former picky eater, Bea has discovered the joys of savory fruit dishes, but still refuses to accept pineapples on her pizza. On the rare occasion you catch her without food in her mouth, you are likely to find her looking at books she can't afford, hugging trees, or talking to strange animals on the street.

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