Recipe: Coffee Pork Ribs (咖啡排骨)

I am a coffee lover. For me, a cup of coffee in the morning is like gasoline to a car, I call it a necessity!!! Hmmmm…. I am not a big fan of ribs, but it was indeed love at first taste when I was introduced to this dish by my brother-in-law many years ago. He brought us to this eatery somewhere near Gillman Heights (I think this executive condo has been enbloc-ed since and is now a new condo called The Interlace) in Singapore and it served this unique dish. One word I would use to describe this dish: “Coffeeribcious” 😉 Who would have ever thought that these two components could be “married” together. Hahaha! It is definitely a must try.

This is a fairly simple dish to cook. The deep-frying will ensure that the batter of the ribs is crisp and the meat is still juicy. Then coating the ribs with this coffee sauce will make you drool…… Hey, hey… Don’t finish eating all of them in the kitchen, make sure you share them with your guests.

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500g pork ribs, cut into 3cm long


½ tsp salt

½ tsp sugar

2 tbsp oyster sauce

1 tsp sesame oil

½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

2 tbsp rice flour,

2 tbsp tapioca starch

3 tbsp water

1 egg, beaten

Groundnut oil for deep-frying


2 tbsp instant coffee

1 tbsp brown sugar

1 tbsp sugar

1 tbsp minced garlic

1 1/2 tbsp chinese cooking wine

1 tbsp dark soy sauce

3 – 5 tbsp water



  1. Marinade the chopped pork ribs with marinade ingredients for a minimum of 2 hours or longer.20151125_202332
  2. Heat the oil and deep fry the ribs for about 5 minutes.
  3. Drain the oil from the ribs with paper / kitchen towel and set aside.
  4. Put all the ingredients for the sauce into a bowl and mix well.
  5. Pour the mixed sauce ingredients into a pan and simmer over medium heat until sauce thickens.
  6. Add the ribs to the pan and gently toss until they are fully coated and little sauce remains.
  7. Garnish with fresh coriander and julienned chilli. (optional)
  8. Serve well with white rice.

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Hi! My name is Josephine Go. I blog at in a segment called Mummy’s Kitchen. I love to use fresh and natural ingredients in my cooking to promote healthy eating. Some of my recipes may not be in line with the traditional methods of cooking to the extent that some of the ingredients are different, but hopefully new recipes are being created in my style. I certainly hope that what I do will help guide kitchen first-timers on how to cook their first meal as well as further equip kitchen veterans with new recipes. My loving husband and two wonderful children are my best guinea pigs and critics. They have enjoyed (or endured) the food that has been served to them for all these years. Mind you, I did not know how to cook or ever knew that I could cook till I got married. So there is hope for everyone. If I can cook, you can cook. You will not know how good or talented you are until you put your hand in the plough.

6 thoughts on “Recipe: Coffee Pork Ribs (咖啡排骨)

  1. charlotte says:

    Thanks for sharing!cant wait to try:))

  2. famebakers says:

    Is it the 3 in 1 instant coffee or just black instant coffee?

      1. Lesley ken says:

        Instant coffee that’s been mixed with water or the powder itself please?

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