Simple Steamed Pork Rib in Black Bean Sauce

Try this popular Chinese home-cooked dish that is really light, and simple-to-prepare. Black bean is another widely-used seasoning in Chinese cooking, which can be found in many western countries in the form of pre-mixed black bean sauce in jars. It is usually made from fermented soya beans, or sometimes fermented black beans; and not to be confused with the raw black bean on its own.

If you like a little spicy taste, do try the more jazzed-up, spicy option of this dish.


  • 500g pork rib
  • 5 tablespoons fermented black bean
  • 6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Some spring onion, finely chopped


  1. Chop the pork rib into bite sizes, marinate with a the sugar, sesame oil, and chopped garlic.
  2. Crush the fermented black bean, add it into the marinated pork rib.
  3. Arrange the pork rib chunks in a steaming-friendly dish so that they are in one layer if possible (to get cooked evenly). Pour in everything from the marinate.
  4. Place it in a steamer and steam it on high for about 40 minutes.
  5. To check if meat is fully cooked, try sticking a sharp needle or fork into it.
  6. Sprinkle the chopped spring onion over.
  7. Serve with steaming-hot boiled rice.

Versatility Note:

  1. You can add some rice wine to the marinate mixture to tenderise the meat and to increase the aroma.
  2. If you are cooking rice with a rice cooker, just place the dish over the rice when you start cooking it. When the rice is ready, the pork rib will be ready too!