- 1 cup sliced shallots
- 10 scallions, coarsely chopped
- One 3-inch piece fresh ginger, sliced
- 8 large cloves garlic, peeled
- 1 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro including thin stems (and roots, if possible)
- 6 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons Thai or Vietnamese fish sauce (nam pla or nuoc mam)
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon fresh coarsely ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 4 pounds pork spare ribs, cut by your butcher across the bone into 2- to 3-inch “racks,” each rack cut between the bones into individual 2- to 3-inch-long riblets
- Thai Chile-Herb Dipping Sauce
1. Put the shallots, scallions, ginger, garlic, cilantro, soy sauce, fish sauce, salt, pepper, and sugar in the bowl of a food processor. Process to a loose, finely chopped paste, scraping down the sides of the bowl once or twice.
2. Place pork ribs in a large bowl or a pair of heavy resealable plastic bags. Thoroughly coat the ribs with the marinade, massaging the paste into the flesh for a minute or so. Cover and marinate at room temperature for 2 hours or up to 5 hours in the refrigerator, tossing the ribs once or twice during this time.
3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spread the ribs out, bone-side down, on two large, parchment-lined baking sheets and bake until ribs are deeply colored and very tender but not yet falling from the bone, about 11/2 hours, occasionally rotating the pans to encourage even cooking. Remove from the oven and serve with small bowls of Thai Chile-Herb Dipping Sauce.
Lobel’s Meat Bible, via Epicurious