Makes 4 servings
1 tablespoon salt
2 cups sliced fresh ginger
1 fresh red Thai chile
1 cup soy sauce
2 racks baby back ribs
1 cup hoisin
2 tablespoons five-spice powder
1 garlic clove, minced
3 fresh red Thai chiles, seeded and minced
1 tablespoon fresh orange zest, finely minced
1/3 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons champagne or white wine vinegar
1/4 cup honey
1 orange, sliced crosswise, for garnish
Everyone loves barbecued ribs and the addition of orange zest and Asian spices gives these tender ribs complex and intriguing overtones.
1. To prepare the ribs: Stir together the salt, ginger, chile, and soy sauce in a large stockpot. Add the ribs and 4 quarts water and bring to a boil over high heat. Turn the heat to low and simmer until the meat is just about to fall off the bone, about 2 hours. Transfer the ribs to a roasting pan.
2. Meanwhile, make the barbecue sauce: Stir together the hoisin, five-spice powder, garlic, chiles, orange zest, soy sauce, and half the vinegar in a saucepan. Cook over high heat, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes. Then lower the heat and stir in the honey and remaining 1 tablespoon vinegar until well blended.
3. Preheat the broiler.
4. Remove the barbecue sauce from the heat and brush on top of the ribs. Put the ribs under the broiler and cook until crisp on top, about 5 minutes. Transfer the ribs to a serving plate, garnish with orange slices, and serve.
Revue de presse
“I am Japanese so it’s a given that I am good at arranging Asian food. Jean-Georges is not Asian but he is excellent at incorporating Asian influences into his own food, and coming up with ingenious combinations. Congratulations to Jean-Georges on the publication of this wonderful book with Asian flavors!”
— Nobu Matsuhisa, chef and owner, Nobu & Matsuhisa restaurants worldwide
“Once again you have managed to give a very unique Jean-Georges twist to the Asian food traditions, safeguarding and respecting the very essence of them, which in my opinion is a harmony of sweet, sour, salty, and just the right amount of spiciness. It creates an explosion of flavors in your mouth and a culinary experience that clings to your taste buds long after you've left the dining table.”
— Norbert Kostner, executive chef, Bangkok’s Oriental Hotel
“Asian Flavors of Jean-Georges, a savory chef d’oeuvre . . . This book of astonishing and imaginative recipes demonstrates that Jean-Georges, a fusion pioneer, remains as passionate a culinary explorer as he is a perfectionist of Asian-style cuisine. Anyone who prepares these fresh, aromatic, and seductive dishes will feel that they, too, have traveled the spice routes and street food markets of Southeast Asia. ASIAN FLAVORS presents a unique and nuanced palette of taste sensations by one of my favorite food artists.”
— Susur Lee, chef and owner, Toronto’s restaurants Susur and Lee
“Reading Jean-Georges’s latest book is a definite temptation to head straight to the kitchen right away. I draw tremendous inspiration from this respected chef and good friend’s artistic creation of exotic Asian cuisines with magical doses of Western sophistication. This book is definitely a work of culinary art that will have a permanent place among my collection of favorite cookbooks.”
— Jereme Leung, founding chef and part owner, Shanghai’s Whampoa Club