Char Siu Pork Recipe
A couple weeks ago, my husband’s co-workers asked for a recipe for making Char Siu Pork’s. Over the years I have collected so many different cooking methods for this dish and this is the recipe I chose but I’ve changed some of the seasonings of it. Especially as I can’t find the red food colouring so I decided to eliminate it from my recipe.
I know some people must think: “Why don’t you just use Char Siu Sauce from Chinese supermarket? Why make marinade by yourself?”. But this is part of fun for cooking food by yourself at home! What’s the point that everyone use the same brand of pre-made sauce to marinade the meat and cook the same flavour like other people do? I think that’s so lame! So, I decided to make the marinade myself and brought the flavour into the marinade based of my memories of chair siu pork in my home country.
Let’s get your hands dirty with all the seasoning and enjoy the smell of roast char siu pork.
Credit: These photos were taken by Chris at Chris Radley Photography
Char Siu Pork
- 800 g pork shoulder for roast, cut into 3cm long slices
- 50 g rice wine or Shaoxing rice wine
- 70 g soy sauce
- 50 g sugar I like to use brown sugar
- 2 tbsp malt syrup you can use honey instead
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 spring onions cut 3cm lengthways
- 4 cloves garlic crushed
- 2 tbsp hoisin sauce
- 2 star anises
- 1 tsp five spices powder
- 1 tangerine peel available in Chinese supermarkets
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 40 g oyster sauce
Mix all the seasonings together and marinade the pork shoulder slices for 24 hours at least.
Pre-heat the oven to 180C and roast the pork slices until the edges look a little bit burnt. *Please brush the marinade mixture on the pork every 10-15 minutes.
I kept half of the char siu pork I made for a Yangzhou fried rice dish I made which I will upload in my next blog post