Friday, October 9, 2009

Homemade Roast Pork (Char Siu/Siew)叉烧

I was amazed that making BBQ Roast Pork (Char Siu/Siew) at home is really easy and simple!! If you have oven or grill at home,there is not an excuse that you can't make char siu/siew yourself at home.Some of you might wonder,what is BBQ Roast pork(Char Siu)...Well,I excerpt some info from wikipedia:
"Char siu" Cantonese roasted meat literally means "fork burn/roast" after the traditional cooking method for the dish: long strips of seasoned boneless pork are skewered with long forks and placed in a covered oven or over a fire.
There is no hard rules to make char sui as long as you have the basic ingredients like soy sauce,wine,hoisin sauce and sugar.Some people like to use pork loin,some like pork belly,some like pork butt and some like more leaner meat.But I like to use fresh side pork which is the same cut as slab bacon but it is fresh. It is taken from the section of side that remains after the loin and spareribs are removed. The layered lean from fat is generally used as a seasoning.


4-5 lbs pork ,washed and wipe dry wt paper towel
5 tbsp hoisin sauce
1 cup sugar ,plus extra if you don't brush wt honey
5-6 tbsp soy sauce
3-4 tbsp cooking Chinese wine
1 tbsp sea salt
1 tbsp 5 spice powder
1-2 drop red food color*optional*
maltose for brushing


1:Combine all seasoning with pork in a large container.Marinate pork for 5 hours or overnight in fridge. I prefer marinated overnight.
2:Heat oven to 375 F.Prepare a baking tray with aluminum foil over it.Place marinated pork on the baking tray,bake pork for 30
minutes,then turn the other side,bake for another 30 minutes.
3:Change setting to broil at 400F,roast the pork for another 10-15 minutes or until it is charred ,not burnt!!
4:Remove roast pork from oven,brush with maltose to give a glossy shine look.Cut and serve as appetizer or main dish.


If you can't find maltose ,use honey.


ann low said...

This looks so tender and juicy, especially with some fats in yummy!

Sunshine said...

Yummmy...When I made mine beginning of Summer I just marinate my pork with Char Siu Marinate. I didn't know that is so easy to marinate Char siew when I'm done with my bottle of Char Siew Sauce I'll need to use this recipe. I actually used the grill instead of the oven to cook my Char Siew. I even used food to make my fire and hubby really like the taste from the fire wood instead of charcoal.

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

Juicy and tender, this is really a good char siew. I gonna to make some, Thanks for sharing.

pigpigscorner said...

wow they look perfect! Nicely coloured and charred.

sue said...

Wow,Lesley, your char siew looks better then the ones bought in the son loves char siew very much...I must try your recipe...thanks for the recipe!!:-)

petite nyonya said...

wah, you made char siew!! fantastic! i will try this someday. never thought of making homemade char siew before.

mycookinghut said...

I love your char siu... looks like those at the restaurants!!

Kate at Serendipity said...

Oh, my! This looks delicious. Thanks for the recipe--you make it sound possible to make at home.

My Asian Kitchen said...

thank you:)

yes it's really easy,try it to do yourself if you can't get char sui easily..

thank you:)

Thank you:)

Thank you and hope your son like it:)

petite nyonya:
Thank you:)

thank you,leemei:)

Thank you for dropping by:) hope you like it..

tigerfish said...

I want some NOW!

Dee said...

What cut of pork is good for making this?

Timeless Gourmet said...

This looks succulent and delicious! Thanks for sharing.

Sarvi said...

Looks great, I have a piece of pork marinating right now, can't wait to cook it and see how it comes out.

One question though -- what cut of pork should I use?

I bought a piece that looked roastable (a rectangular one-pound piece with a nice layer of fat over the top) but it was just labeled 'pork' (Japanese market).


Sarvi said...

Oh, never mind, I re-read your post and see my question is already answered -- thanks anyway!

Wendy said...

What kind of pork will be recommended for this recipe?

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Hi!! My name is Lesley and I'm a simple SAHM(stay at home mom) who currantly live in Long Island,New York with my daughter Mishu and hubby Eliot .I'm Malaysian who live in US and A for many many moon and I'm also a person who love to eat, cook and bake. If you have any suggestions ,questions or comments please feel free to email me at beachlover1917atyahoodotcom. To know more about my life or my kitchen you can always hop over to my other 2 blog.