Serves 4 – 6 as a shared meal
2kg beef short ribs
5 litres water
3 cups Chinese cooking wine
2 cups dark soy
1 cup light soy
1 ½ cups white sugar
1 cup ginger roughly chopped
10 garlic gloves crushed
1 bunch of green shallots
3 cinnamon quills
8 star anise whole
1 orange, zest removed
2 beurre bosc pears pealed and finely sliced
1 bunch sea parsley picked
1 small Kohlrabi peeled
and fnely sliced
Extra virgin olive oil
50ml Chinese black vinegar or balsamic vinegar
For the beef
Place all ingredients except for the meat in a stockpot and bring to a simmer. Cook for about 15-20 minutes to bring out ﬂavour.
To prepare the beef ribs, cut excess fat away and place in the simmering stock for 2.5/3 hours, keeping in mind that the beef should be under the stock at all times. It is a good idea to place a piece of baking paper over the top of the beef as this helps keep it submerged. Once cooked, remove from the stove and let the beef steep for about 1 hour.
For the pear and kohlrabi salad
Place sliced pear, kohlrabi, sea parsley and native pepper berry in a bowl.
Season with salt, lemon juice and a splash of olive oil. Set aside.
For the sticky sauce
In a pan, add 200ml of braising liquid, Chinese black vinegar and sugar and reduce to a thick sticky sauce.
Slice ribs and place on a serving platter, pour over the reduced sauce and garnish with the pear and kohlrabi salad.
Dietitian Rebecca Gawthorne's 5 Reasons To Pick Pears
Pears are the go-to fruit for a healthy gut. Pears contain a unique combination of nutrients that help maintain normal bowel function and a healthy digestive system. A happy gut helps you feel great, and allows the body to absorb nutrients from food and build your immunity.
Pears are a great snack if you are looking to slim down or trying to keep those winter kilos at bay. They have a low energy density and they also contain both soluble and insoluble fibre, which helps to keep you feeling full for longer . Winning!
A pear a day may be all it takes to help nail your daily fibre target . Pears are one of the highest fibre fruits with a medium pear containing 4.1g of fibre – that's more than five prunes (3.1g fibre) . Australian women fall short of the recommended daily fibre intake by 4g a day (RDI – 25g/day) – a pear would be all it takes to bridge that gap.
For more than 2000 years, traditional Chinese medicine has used pears to help clear the lungs. Modern science is just beginning to catch up with emerging research showing that eating pears may help to ease symptoms of allergy-related diseases like asthma and hayfever, as well as other respiratory conditions.
Skin and All
Whether chomping, blending or cooking pears, keep the skin on to get all the goodness1. The skin of pears is full of polyphenols, which provide loads of health benefits related to managing and reducing the risk of diabetes, heart health and obesity.
For more information on Australian pears and recipe ideas check out: http://rediscoverthepear.com.au