100 Favorite Dishes, No. 90: Ginger Soy Baby Back Ribs at Tei Tei Robata
To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2012 issue, we're counting down (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes. If there's a dish you think we need to try, leave it in the comments, or email us.
I never expected to eat some of the best ribs in Texas at a sushi bar, but I did. I'm talking about the ginger soy baby back ribs at Tei Tei Robata, a barbecue staple with an Asian twist. It's a dish that seems like it doesn't belong in either world, but I'd gladly take it down every day.
On first appearance, the ribs have a charred and sticky bark. Tear away chunks of meat with your chopsticks (yes it's that tender) to reveal a moist interior of fat and lean.
The backbone of Asian aromatics steps in once you taste with your tongue. First comes the salty earthiness of the soy sauce, but that's countered by the inherent sweetness from the glaze that's all over your lips. All the meanwhile, an undercurrent of ginger runs through every bite.
No. 100: The Cleaver and Block Burger at NHS Tavern
No. 99: The Bone Marrow at the Meddlesome Moth
No. 98: Arepas at Zaguan Latin Cafe
No. 97: Jalapeno Poppers at City Tavern
No. 96: Elotes: Everywhere
No. 95: Dan-Dan Noodles at Royal China
No. 94: Smoked Ham Mac and Cheese at The Porch
No. 93: Chicken and Waffles at Jonathon's Oak Cliff
No. 92: Regina Margherita At Cane Rosso
No. 91: Devils On Horseback At The Chesterfield