Char Siu literally means "fork burn or roast" .Char being fork (both noun and verb) and siu being burn/roast) after the traditional cooking method for the dish:that have long strips of seasoned boneless pork are skewered with long forks and placed in a covered oven or over a fire.Char siu is a very popular Chinese dish that every Chinese or Chinese speaking community loves it dearly.We can easily get char siu in any authentic Chinese restaurant in Chinatown in States.If you don't live near Chinatown or don't have any authentic restaurant nearby,don't worry!! Making Char siu at home is easy and simple as long as you have oven or grill.You don't need to be rocket science to make this simple and yet delicious meat at home!! Furthermore, the ingredients used for this roast pork is very basic ingredients that any Chinese household will have it in their kitchen!
5 lbs shoulder cut pork or pork rump
1 tsp five spices powder
1/2 cup sugar,or more if you prefer sweeter
1 tbsp caramel soy sauce(thick sauce)
3-5 tbsp Hua Diao Jiu or rice wine
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp oyster sauce
2-3 tbsp honey or maltose for brushing
1:Combine all the ingredients except maltose or honey and pork in a large container and marinate overnight in the fridge.
2:Preheat oven to 375 .Prepare a thick aluminum foil over 12x6 baking sheet,place marinated pork on it.Bake in oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until charred.Remove from oven, broil for 5 minutes before basting with honey or maltose to get the shinny and tangy sweetness texture.