Search Recipes

Chinese-style braised beef ribs

Neil Perry
Neil Perry

An exotic bouquet of sense-sating spices brings this dish to life in an overnight marinade. This recipe also works with oxtail; likewise pork shoulder or chicken thigh with the bone in. Serve with steamed greens in oyster sauce and steamed rice.

Neil Perry's Chinese-style ribs.
Neil Perry's Chinese-style ribs are aromatic as well as tasty. Photo: William Meppem


1.5kg beef ribs

1/2 cup coriander leaves

For marinade

10 cloves garlic, crushed

1/2 cup hoisin sauce

braising stock

4 long spring onions, roughly chopped

1 tbsp fresh ginger, peeled and sliced

90ml light soy sauce

60ml Shaoxing (Chinese cooking wine)

18 red dates

3/4 cup roasted peanuts, unsalted

3 whole star anise

1 cinnamon stick

2 large pieces of orange peel (using a peeler)

3 cups chicken stock

1 1/2 tbsp rock sugar, crushed (available from Asian supermarkets)



To make the marinade, mix the garlic and hoisin together to create a paste. Combine the ribs with the marinade and set aside overnight in the fridge.

For the braising stock, pound the shallots and ginger in a mortar and place in a heavy-based saucepan with remaining ingredients. Add the beef, ensuring the liquid just covers the beef.

Bring to the boil over high heat, stirring to combine. Reduce heat to low, cover tightly and simmer very gently for about 2 hours or until meat is tender. If the sauce has not reduced to desired consistency, remove the lid and continue to simmer gently and allow sauce to reduce.

Check the balance of flavours, sprinkle with coriander and serve (in the pot in which it was cooked, if desired, or transferred to a large bowl).


Photography by William Meppem. Food styling by Hannah Meppem. Food preparation by Nick Banbury.


Main ingredient:
Beef, Nuts, Orange
Dinner, Main-course, Side Dish
Dinner Party, Family meals

More recipes like this...

Murdoch Recipe Thumbnail

Noodle hot pot with beef and tofu

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
6634 Reader ratings
Beef rice noodles with snowpeas.

Beef rice noodles with snowpeas

Jill Dupleix
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
90 Reader ratings
Rare beef salad with hot soy and chilli.

Rare beef with hot soy and chilli

Jill Dupleix
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
92 Reader ratings
Garlic and black pepper beef.

Garlic and black pepper beef

Adam Liaw
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
260 Reader ratings


Be the first to comment.

Make a comment

You are logged in as [Logout]

All information entered below may be published.

Error: Please enter your screen name.

Error: Your Screen Name must be less than 255 characters.

Error: Your Location must be less than 255 characters.

Error: Please enter your comment.

Error: Your Message must be less than 300 words.

Post to

You need to have read and accepted the Conditions of Use.

Thank you

Your comment has been submitted for approval.

Comments are moderated and are generally published if they are on-topic and not abusive.

Recipes - Forum

What we’re cooking

Latest on EK

Pester power: Call for ban on free toys used to sell unhealthy food

Obesity experts say freebies should be restricted to attracting children to healthier options.

Mums' workload equals 2.5 full-time jobs

A study has found working mums toil for an average of 98 hours a week.

How many of our bosses would have aced NAPLAN tests?

In more than 25 years' of journalism, I've never interviewed a leader who topped his or her class at school.

Children's shoes found to contain cancer-causing chemical

The ACCC had issued an urgent recall.

When it comes to sport, boys 'play like a girl'

Girls in primary school are just as physically capable as their male classmates, according to research.

Find After School Care

Search by Postcode

Find a Babysitter

  • Daytime nannies
  • Casual babysitters
  • After-school care
  • Live-in nannies