Char siew (BBQ pork)

Char siew (BBQ pork)


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About this recipe: Char siew is a timeless Chinese dish that is easy to prepare and very delicious. When you buy it at the hawker center, it's usually a brilliant red because of food colouring. I don't use it at home. You'll find lots of different recipes for char siew, this was given to me by a friend.

Pat Central Region, Singapore

Serves: 6 

  • 1kg pork butt (cut into long strips)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon five-spice powder
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 60ml (1/4 cup) soya sauce
  • 60ml (1/4 cup) hoisin sauce
  • 60ml (1/4 cup) honey

Prep:15min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Extra time:2hr  ›  Ready in:2hr45min 

  1. Place the pork strips in a wide container.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine the remaining ingredients and simmer over low heat until the sugar has melted and everything is well combined. Let cool.
  3. Pour 2/3 of the marinade over the pork. Set aside 1/3 for sauce.
  4. Cover the pork with plastic wrap and marinate for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight.
  5. Shake off excess marinade and grill the pork strips on the barbecue, basting with the marinade. Grill until the pork caramelises and is just beginning to char, about 15 to 20 minutes on each side.
  6. Transfer the pork to a chopping board and let it rest for about 10 minutes before cutting into slices.
  7. Drizzle the reserved sauce over the pork slices and serve with rice or noodles.

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