Chicken ribs..

What the heck is it? Very big in Cantonese Cooking and one of my favourite cuts of Chicken. A quick google tells me all sorts of things. It’s back of the wing or at the wishbone, etc etc, I came to a conclusion it’s not really a rib after all but it’s damn delicious. I ate this dish at a few Cantonese restaurants and thought about recreating it at home. What is stopping me along with other recipes is the amount of oil. So I decided I would oven baked them some. After experimenting I came up with this the less oily version it’s actually quite good! Really happy with this version. Of course anything deep fried is more tasty and it does not taste the same as the original but hey it comes close! Sadly I didn’t get photos on a proper camera only my iphone. But a few people requested how I did it so I’m quickly doing this post :) .

Method of Oven baking is based loosely on NGN Un-fried chicken recipe but rest of the recipe is my own

500grams of chicken ribs**
1.5 cups of buttermilk
1 teaspoon five spice powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
2 cups of flour
4 salted duck egg yolks, steamed & mashed***
2 birdeyes chillies, remove seeds if you want it milder
2 tablespoons of peanut oil
10 curry leaves

** you will find chicken ribs in Chinese/Asian Poultry shops or even in some Asian groceries., not all will stock it if all fails use a different cut of meat such as wings
*** Salted duck eggs on it’s own can be also found in Asian poultry shops.

1. Mix the buttermilk, salt, pepper & five spice powder and marinate the chicken ribs overnight.
2. When you are ready to cook, pre-heat the oven at 200 degrees
3. Place flour in a bowl and remove chicken ribs from the marinate and place in another bowl. Do not discard buttermilk marinate.
4. Line your oven tray with baking paper
5. Lightly dip each chicken rib into flour mixture then the buttermilk marinate and lastly into the flour again. Place each rib on the oven tray.
6. Bake the chicken ribs for 20 minutes on each side.
7. Allow ribs to cool for a few minutes.
8. Heat up a wok with the peanut oil, once the oil is well heated add the egg yolks and stir fry until foamy.
9. Add the curry leaves, chilli & the ribs.
10. Cook until all the egg yolk has coated all the chicken ribs.