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Char Siu


3 people


45 minutes


The best Char Siu recipe with perfect Cantonese BBQ char siu pork and sweet char siu sauce . An authentic recipe that tastes just like Chinatown restaurants!


– 1 lb. (450 g) skinless pork belly, cut into 2 long strips – 2 tablespoons finely chopped garlic Char Siu Sauce: – 2 pieces Chinese fermented red bean curd (see Notes) – 1 tablespoon maltose or honey – 1 tablespoon Chinese Shaoxing wine – 1 tablespoon soy sauce – 1 tablespoon oyster sauce – 1 teaspoon dark and thick soy sauce – 1 teaspoon five-spice powder – 1/4 teaspoon white pepper powder – 3 1/2 oz sugar (100 g or 8 1/2 tablespoons)

Step 1

Get a big bowl, mix all the Char Siu Sauce ingredients, add the garlic and pork belly and marinate overnight in the fridge.

Step 2

The next day, heat the oven to 400°F (200°C).

Step 3

Place the pork belly on a wire rack or in a pan lined with aluminum foil. Roast for 15 minutes.

Step 4

 Removed from oven and turn the pork belly over, brush the remaining Char Siu Sauce on the pork. Continue to roast for another 15 minutes.

Step 5

Set the oven to Broil and broil each side of the pork belly for about 1 min, until each side become nicely charred. The char siu will look dark in color, it's normal.

Step 6

You may heat up the remaining Char Siu Sauce and bring to a simmer. Set aside.

Step 7

Slice the char siu into thin and bite-size pieces, serve immediately with steamed white rice and the remaining Char Siu Sauce.

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