For many, a day is incomplete without a cup of coffee. So it’s no surprise that we dedicate one day out of the year to celebrate our favorite caffeinated beverage. But instead of fueling you with more drinks, we’re celebrating International Coffee Day with a savory Singaporean recipe—coffee pork ribs. This dish was developed by celebrity chef Sam Leong; and since then, it’s become a household name in Singapore.
“Damn, you got ribbed!” – us to our coffee
For the meat, we recommend using pork baby back ribs. (Ask your butcher!) This recipe is very easy to make. Plus, it doesn’t need anything fancy; everything you need is probably already in your pantry. It has a good balance of sweet and salty. It’s not that spicy, but you can put some chilis to remedy that. Though you might not detect the coffee flavor, it has a kick to it that tells you it’s there. A serving for two costs only PHP132.14 per person. You can totally add a side dish of your choice (aka rice), and you’d still be under budget.
*Note: The amount does not include oil, salt, and pepper in the computation, as these are pantry staples.
Coffee Pork Ribs
Serves: 2 people
Active time: 1 hr
Total time: 1 hr
1 tbsp. oil
3 cloves garlic, sliced
1 tbsp. ginger, sliced
1 tbsp. soy sauce
¼ cup oyster sauce
¼ cup white sugar
1 tbsp. instant coffee
1 rack ribs (about 600g)
½ cup flour
Salt and pepper, to taste
Oil, for frying
½ tbsp. sesame seeds
For the sauce, heat oil in a pan over medium-high heat.
Add the garlic and ginger and cook until fragrant but not brown, about 3 minutes.
Add the soy sauce, oyster sauce, sugar, instant coffee, and water then stir until well combined.
Bring the sauce up to a boil and stir until sugar is completely dissolved.
Let sauce thicken and reduce to about half, then keep warm.
Prepare a pot with oil for frying and let oil come up to 350F.
Cut rack of ribs into single ribs and place in a large bowl.
Season with salt and pepper, then coat the ribs thoroughly with flour.
Fry ribs in the oil until cooked through, about 8 minutes.
Remove the ribs from the oil and drain on paper towels.
Add the ribs to the sauce then stir until coated over medium heat.
Serve ribs on a platter and garnish with sesame seeds.