Easy finger food that is really addictive, perfect with beer, taken from the Wickedfood Cooking School Chinese cooking class based around the Neil Perry cookbook Simply Asian.simply-asian-neil-perry-paperback-cover-art

1 t soy sauce
1/2  t rice wine (shao zing)
1/2  t chilli oil
1 t cornflour
1 egg

500g pork spare ribs, cut into 5cm lengths
4 cups vegetable oil
1/2 cup coriander leaves
Szechuan salt and pepper to taste (see below)

2 T water
2 T sugar
1 T soy sauce
1 T minced ginger
1 t minced garlic
2 T Chinese black vinegar

Combine all the marinade ingredients. Pour the marinade over the ribs and leave to marinate for at least 40 minutes.

Heat the oil in a wok until very hot. Deep-fry the ribs until they are a deep golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain well on crumpled kitchen paper.

Boil all the ingredients in a small pot until the sugar melts. Leave to cool.

Pile the ribs onto the centre of a large plate and sprinkle with coriander. Serve with the sauce, and Szechuan salt and pepper.

Szechuan salt and pepper
Combine 3 parts sea salt, and 2 parts Szechuan peppercorns. Roast over a medium heat in a frying pan until mixture starts to brown, then remove from the heat and pour into a bowl. When cool, grind to a powder.

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Wickedfood Cooking School

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Wickedfood Cooking School runs cooking classes throughout the year at its purpose-built cooking studios. Classes are run in the mornings and evenings 7 days a week (subject to a minimum of 12 people). The venue is also popular for corporate events and private functions – team building cooking classes, birthdays, kitchen teas, and dinner parties with a difference.

Our cookery classes are hands-on, where every person gets to participate in the preparation of the dishes. They are also a lot of fun where you not only learn new skills, but get to meet people with similar interests. For corporate groups and teambuilding cooking classes these classes are a novel way of creating staff interaction or entertaining clients.