Coming out of the gate I want to be completely up front and honest. We are reviewing the Morimoto Spare Ribs that can be found at both Morimoto Asia and Morimoto Asia Street Food, if you haven’t heard about them yet, I’m not sure what rock you’ve been hiding under. If you haven’t taken the time to try them yet, then maybe I can finally be that voice of reason that sends you scurrying off to take your first bite. If you’re just here for the food porn that is a picture of the Morimoto Spare Ribs, here you go!
The ribs come in in orders of three at both Morimoto Asia and Morimoto Asia Street Foods, but an order of six can be obtain at Morimoto Asia. An order of three of these behemoth ribs is more than enough for one person, and six is definitely for sharing. The menu lists the Morimoto Spare Ribs as pork ribs with cilantro and hoisin sweet chili glaze. Those descriptions hit the basics of what is included in terms of flavor, but miss out on a lot of the other wonderful components make up these ribs. In the mélange for the ribs, from either the braising ingredients or the glaze, are tamarind paste, garlic, onion, ginger, rice vinegar, fish sauce, and soy sauce, to name just a few.
Each rib is huge, and that is not an understatement. I know that beef back ribs can sometimes be referred to as brontosaurus ribs, but these pork spare ribs want to compete for that title. For as big as they are, each of the Morimoto Spare Ribs contains just as much flavor. They are crispy on the outside, with tender, juicy meat that falls right off the bone just underneath. The glaze strikes just the right balance between sweet, heat, and salty. I absolutely cannot recommend these ribs enough.
How much do I like these ribs? We all know I am prone to recreating Disney recipes that I love at home. The Morimoto Spare Ribs were so popular that the recipe was released a little more than a month after the restaurant opened. Here’s the rub, I know that utilizing recipes supplied by Disney that I can generally make a fair stand-in for any given dish, but with the ribs I’m almost certain to be disappointed. The ribs are so good in their original form that anything I would create would only pale in comparison, so I won’t even try.
If you weren’t hungry before you started reading this article, I’m willing to bet that you are now. If you hadn’t tried the Morimoto Spare Ribs before today, I hope you are making immediate plans to rectify this situation. And if you need someone to take an extra rib or two off of your hands because you order too many, then I’m your man!