Stewed Pork Ribs with Bean Paste Recipe (Taucheo)

Nyonya stewed pork ribs is a very delicious dish, one that would certainly stimulate your appetite with its tangy and savory taste.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Nyonya
Keyword Stewed Pork Ribs
Servings 4 people
Calories 377 kcal


  • 450 g pork spare ribs
  • 100 g shallots, skin peeled
  • 100 g fresh red chilies, seeded and sliced lengthwise
  • 4 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons taucheo/bean paste, smashed with a mortar and pestle
  • 1 tablespoon tamarind pulp, soaked in 1/4 cup water, extract the juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar to taste
  • salt to taste


  1. Heat up a stew pot with 4 cups of water and bring it to boil.
  2. Add shallots, chilies, and pork ribs into the water.
  3. Add taucheo (bean paste) and bring it to boil.
  4. Lower heat to medium or low and cover with a lid and slowly stew the ribs for 1 hour or so, or until the meat becomes really tender.
  5. Add tamarind juice, sugar, and salt to taste.
  6. If it's not sour enough, add more water to the tamarind pulp and extract more juice.

Recipe Notes

Nyonya stewed pork ribs should taste salty (from the bean paste), sour (from the tamarind juice), and sweet (from the sweet taste of pork ribs and shallots). It should also taste a little spicy from the red chilies. The taste develops overnight and it's even better the next day.

Nutrition Facts
Stewed Pork Ribs with Bean Paste Recipe (Taucheo)
Amount Per Serving (4 people)
Calories 377 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 90mg30%
Sodium 398mg17%
Potassium 461mg13%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 240IU5%
Vitamin C 38.3mg46%
Calcium 40mg4%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.