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Jan 12, 2012 01:13 PM

chinese RED cooking

i want to make traditional Chinese spare ribs but i want to cook them the RED way with soy sauce water and some other flavoring

any suggestions on how to do this

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  1. Are you talking about red-cooking (hong shao rou) or the red barbecued spareribs? For the former, I'd recommend taking a look here:

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    1. re: JungMann

      Red cooking i have never done it with spare ribs is it possible

      1. re: wildcat2012

        Yes. Cover the spareribs with your braising liquid and gently simmer until tender.

        1. re: JungMann

          how long should this take i still want to stay on the bone and what should i make the braising liquid out of

          1. re: wildcat2012

            One rack? Two? Low and slow at 225 F. for 3-4 hours should do the trick.

        2. re: wildcat2012

          Red Cooking can really be applied to any protein! Here's a fine blog with some more info you might find useful:

      2. Does any one know which ingredient gives the bright red color to roasted meats?

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        1. re: fourunder

          I have seen very red Char Siu ( a Chinese roasted pork dish) recipe that uses Annatto. I saw another with "red food coloring". I would use the former if I wanted it very red. (But this is different from the Chinese technique known as 'red cooking'.)

          1. re: travelerjjm

            It's Chinese red yeast rice. You can buy a sack of it.
            I left a few grains in with my white rice and they tinted the whole thing red--that same cha shui, spare rib red.

          2. re: fourunder

            It should not be too bright! If too red-colored, as often found in outlying places they are using food coloring.

          3. It's basically a combo of rock sugar, soy sauce, ginger, star anise and Shaoxing wine.