Ancient Chinese Beef Short Ribs

Tags: Ancient Chinese Secret, Beef

We scored some delicious looking beef short ribs this weekend at the farmers market, and cooked them up Asian style. We adapted this recipe from a Lucky Peach book, and used our Ancient Chinese Secret spice blend to pack as much flavour in there as we could. Braised for only 2 hours, this meat will just fall off the bone – impressing even the pickiest of eaters.


  • 1 Asian Pear, chopped
  • 1 cup mirin
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup Soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup Ancient Chinese Secret spice blend
  • 1 head garlic, crushed and peeled
  • 1 knob of Ginger, peeled
  • 1 bunch scallions, whole
  • 4 lbs bone in short ribs
  • 2 medium carrots, cut in chunks
  • 1/2 lb baby potatoes, halved if necessary
  • Fresh black pepper
  • Generous splash sesame oil
  • Serve with short grain rice


  1. Combine the pear, mirin, sugar, soy sauce, garlic, ginger and scallions in a large dutch oven.
  2. Now cosy the ribs, meat side down, in the pot and add enough water to cover the meat.
  3. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer.
  4. Partially cover pot and allow to cook for two hours, occasionally flipping the ribs.
  5. After about 2 hours, add the carrots and potatoes to the pot and continue to gently simmer for another 20-25 minutes, until your vegetables are tender.
  6. Serve some meat, some vegetables and some sauce on each plate over a bed of rice.

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