Spare ribs, photo by Mae Mercado-Sanguer
Spicy Spare Ribs in Banana Ketchup
Banana ketchup has a very distinct taste. It is sweet and spicy.
Apparently this condiment was created during the second world war by a Filipina food technologist, Maria Y. Oroza.
This came about because there was a shortage of tomatoes but there was an abundance of bananas.
What does Maria have to do to assuage hungry tummies wanting sauce for their less than appetising meagre repast. Eureka! Banana ketchup!
Not before long, Mafran was mass producing the product and the rest is history.
Banana ketchup is not just a condiment for the dinner table. It has become a major ingredients in many a Filipino recipes such as in Filipinised Spaghetti Bolognese, omelette, etc.
Below is a spare rib recipe, which by the way can be made from beef or pork. To maximise the taste, it is advisable to leave the ribs to marinate overnight.
- 2½ lbs beef or pork spare ribs
- 1 can Sprite or 7Up
- Oil for frying
- 1 cup Banana Ketchup
- 4 cloves garlic, minced to a paste
- 3 tbsp butter or margarine
- 2 bird’s eye chillies (labuyo), chopped finely
- 2 onions, chopped finely
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 tbsp caster sugar
Method of Preparation:
- Wash the ribs and let it drain. Rub them with salt and then set aside for 15 minutes.
- Put the ribs in a large bowl and Pour the Sprite or 7Up over. Leave to marinate for half and hour.
- Using a mixing bowl, put together the banana ketchup, garlic, butter or margarine, chillies, onions, black pepper, bay leaf and caster sugar. Give it a thorough mix.
- Pour this to the marinating ribs in Sprite. Give it a good stir to cover the meat completely.
- Cover the bowl of ribs with cling film and leave in the fridge overnight.
- Heat the oil in a large pan or deep-fryer.
- Scrape off the juices and sauces from the ribs and carefully lower into the hot oil. Fry them in batches.
- Cook until golden all over.
- Pour the marinade into a pan and heat until bubbling hot.
- Serve this as a sauce for the ribs.
- Enjoy with some salad and boiled rice a la Filipino style. 🙂