Kings County Imperial
Chinese Lunar New Year begins this year on Jan 27 and Chef Josh Grinker of Williamsburg’s modern Chinese restaurant, Kings County Imperial, will be serving a special menu that highlights ingredients central to the celebration. This particular dish utilizes the Chinese “red cooking” style where a slow braise of soy sauce, cinnamon, star anise and other aromatics impart a red color to the dish. The color red symbolizes happiness and good fortune.
Season short ribs with salt. Heat a heavy bottom pot and add vegetable oil. Sear short ribs on all sides until golden brown.
Meanwhile, heat braising liquid to a simmer. Transfer short ribs to a casserole dish, cover with hot braising liquid, cover casserole, and cook in the oven for 1 1/2-2 hours, until short ribs are fall off the bone tender. Garnish with a few pods of star anise.