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Char Siu (Chinese BBQ Roast Pork)

Char Siu (Chinese BBQ Roast Pork)

Char Siu (BBQ roast pork) is such an easy dish to make and can be eaten on its own with a side of veggies and rice, or it can be sliced up and used in noodle dishes, BBQ pork buns, or a variety of dishes. It is sweet, savory, juicy, tender, and all the other adjectives used to describe deliciousness.

When I made it this time, we ate half the pork sliced up with a side of steamed white rice and stir fried bok choy with shiitake mushrooms. The second half were cut into matchstick sized pieces and mixed into a cabbage and carrot filling for my fried spring rolls.

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I always use pork shoulder (aka pork butt) because it most closely resembles the less fatty versions they also sell in Chinatown BBQ markets. I know a lot of recipes on the internet use pork belly, but I find it is way too greasy and fatty to enjoy. Pork Shoulder has just enough fat to balance the leanness of the meat and provide enough flavor, whereas pork tenderloin is too lean and comes out too tough sometimes for this recipe. I’ve tried various cuts of pork and still think pork shoulder is the way to go.

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Instructions with photos:

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Cut pork into large strips (roughly 3 inch thick each). Combine sauce ingredients and reserve 2 Tbsp. for basting later.

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Place pork and marinade in a zip-lock bag for 8 hours or overnight.

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Preheat oven to 375 degrees. On a sheet pan lined with foil (for easy cleanup), place a greased metal rack on top.

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Put pork on the rack and roast for 1 hour, flipping halfway through roasting process. Use reserved marinade to baste 45 minutes through the process.

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Take out of the oven and drizzle honey over the pieces.

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Let rest for 10 minutes before slicing.

Char Siu

September 11, 2017
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Ingredients
  • 3 lbs. pork shoulder
  • Extra honey for drizzling
  • SAUCE INGREDIENTS:
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 1.5 Tbsp. hoisin sauce
  • 1 tsp. oyster sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. light soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. 5 spice powder
  • 1 Tbsp. oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. Shaoxing cooking wine
  • *Optional: couple drops of red food coloring in the marinade to give that quintessential Chinatown Char Siu look.
Directions
  • Step 1 Cut pork into large strips (roughly 3 inch thick each). Combine sauce ingredients and reserve 2 Tbsp. for later. Place pork and marinade in a zip-lock bag for 8 hours or overnight.
  • Step 2 Preheat oven to 375 degrees. On a sheet pan lined with foil (for easy cleanup), place a greased metal rack on top. Put pork on the rack and roast for 1 hour, flipping halfway through roasting process. Use reserved marinade to baste 45 minutes through the process. Take out of the oven and drizzle honey over the pieces. Let rest for 10 minutes before slicing.

 



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