Sunday, 10 October 2010

Fancy some spare ribs?

I had heard that there was a pork butcher in Amman, but didn't have a clue where he was hiding: until one of my Japanese friends told me she was going: please please take me along, and she did! It is located off Mecca Street at the level of 7th circle (it's on my map!)

Obviously he doesn't have lots of cuts, but he does fresh minced pork (great for won-tons or meatballs), he has some sausages (the same as what you can find in Cozmo), bacon and then some frozen things as well, including racks of spare ribs! The area where it is located there is also a small supermarket and other shops (including a liquor store).

These are the meatballs we make in Denmark, called frikadeller. I just love them and Bibs as well!

And then we had sweet-and sour pork, Mauritian style. Made with spare-ribs. It is very easy to make and so delicious. Here is the recipe:

500g of spare-ribs (cut in 5cm pieces)
3 onions - chopped
3-4 cloves of garlic - chopped
1 nice piece of ginger - sliced - I put lots!
1 chili - optional
3 tomatoes
concentrated tomato sauce/paste
6-8 tbsp white vinegar - in Mauritius you use sugar cane vinegar
3-4 tsp sugar
salt and pepper
fresh coriander

You start with frying the spare ribs in oil until golden, add onions, garlic, chili and ginger. Let it fry for 3-4 minutes. Add the tomatoes, the ketchup, tomato concentrate, 1 table spoon of vinegar, 1 tea spoon of sugar, the salt and pepper. Add a little water, reduce the heat, cover and leave for an hour - checking that it doesn't stick to the pot from time to time. Add more water if needed. The pork should get of the bone very easily. Taste the sauce and correct with more vinegar and sugar as wanted. Serve with rice and coriander leaves. You can also add vegetables in the dish: carrots for example.

Sweet and Sour pork - Mauritian style
Bon Appetit!

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