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Nam Yee Spare Ribs

Nam Yee Spare Ribs

DH is a meat person and he loves pork ribs. When we were living in KL, we used to drive to the Tony Roma’s in Singapore just to have their BabyBack Ribs!! Anyway, he saw this new recipe in my recipe book and wanted to try it out. I was a little hesitant because the main ingredient is nam yee. Why hesitant? Beacuse all those bottles of nam yee & fu yee always look a little dusty in the Asian store. I always wonder how long they have been sitting on the shelf.
Anyway, after some hunting, finally I manage to find a bottle of nam yee that still looks pretty “fresh” in one of the stores here. So we did end up making this dish. It turned out pretty good.
I think DH is finally getting used to my “Don’t eat, I have to take a photo first! ” habit. He even put the bunch of cilantro on top of the ribs for decoration. hehe……

Edited to add recipe:

  • 1 kg meaty spare ribs
  • oil for deep frying


  • 2 pieces nam yee (fermented red bean curd)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 tbsp nam yee juice
  • 2 tbsp chopped garlic
  • 1/2 tbsp light soya sauce
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1/2 tsp five spice powder
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • dash of chicken stock granules
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 6 tbsp corn flour
  • 1 egg
  • 100 ml water

1. Combine spare ribs with all the marinade & mix well. Marinade for 3 hours.
2. Heat oil & deep fry till golden brown. Dish & drain. Serve.

*Recipe adapted from Hawker’s Fair Simplified

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  • Judy August 7, 2007, 7:44 pm

    Did your daughter like this dish. I wouldn’t mind trying but I am unsure how my ‘kwai lor’ family will take it. It looks really good though.

    Hahaha, I think our husbands are all our assistant when it comes to photography and blogging. 😛

    Will you be sharing this recipe sometime?

  • Blur Mommy August 8, 2007, 5:14 am

    Judy, my daughter loves it!! But it does have a strong taste from the nam yee so you might want to cook just a little 1st & see if your family likes it. Will post up the recipe as soon. Just got back from a extended weekend trip so still trying to unpack, do laundry etc.. : )

  • WokkingMum August 8, 2007, 6:21 am

    I did this recently too!! But the fermented bean curd smell and taste wasnt very strong though.

  • Hijackqueen August 8, 2007, 9:13 am

    I love this dish but hate to cook frying stuff at home.

  • Little Corner of Mine August 8, 2007, 4:14 pm

    Looks delicious! I want the recipe too! Hehe..

  • Blur Mommy August 11, 2007, 5:04 am

    wokkingmum: Yep, mine’s not too strong either.

    HQ: I like fried food but I also dun like to fry at home. A lot more clean up!!

    LCOM: recipe posted. : )

  • HN July 17, 2008, 11:05 am

    Know what? I’ve that recipe book too! I tried this particular dish, and hubby just *love* it!. I put in more pieces of Nam Yu in my second try and it tastes better 🙂

    p/s: Love your food blog!

    HN, I will have to add more Nam yu next time & try it. Thanks for dropping by! 🙂

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