Pork spare ribs
I grew up in Marikina, in Provident Village to be exact. It was known for “going under” during the flood in 1978. Then in 1988. Then again in 2009. Back then Marikina was still part of Rizal Province. I can still remember writing our address as Marikina, Rizal. But then Imelda, when the Marcoses were still in power, decided to expand her jurisdiction by including Marikina to Metro Manila. And since then our address was Marikina, Metro Manila. It really didn’t do us any good. No changes were seen and felt. Marikina was still for me underdeveloped and still province like, still part of the province of Rizal.
Provident Village was still a small community. More vacant lots than houses. But there was a chapel, built under the supervision of the Jesuits. Ateneo and the Jesuit Residence were close in proximity to us. So, in order to build community, some residents decided to form the group of 12. One of the activities of the group of 12 is for each member to host a dinner for the other members on a month assigned to or chosen by them.
My parents always chose December to host the get-together; December being their wedding anniversary month; second, we host a block rosary during their wedding week. This means the image of the Virgin Mary is left under our care for prayers for one week. And last, because it is Christmas. The season of Joy!
It is during this month when my father cooks up the dishes fit for a feast or a king, maybe. And this is when I learned, and how I learned..by watching! And then tasting.
This is one of the first recipes I learned to cook…just by watching my father cook the dish and by tasting it.
I hope you like it.
1. Pork ribs
2. White onions: 1 whole
3. Bay leaf / Laurel: 3 pcs.
4. Black pepper
6. Soy sauce: 1/2 cup
7. Brown Sugar: 1 cup
- Boil pork ribs for 30 mins. Throw the water together with the scum.
- Boil pork ribs for another 30 mins. together with the white onions, bay leaf / laurel leafs, and black pepper. Let boil for 30 mins.
- After 30 mins., add the soy sauce and brown sugar. Lower heat and allow to simmer for another 30 mins.
Serve! Kain na!