To celebrate Chinese New year, we thought we would release this delicious Char Siu recipe! It is also referred to as Chinese Barbecue Pork, and this recipe is sure to be a popular choice to help the celebrations!

Char Siu combines a host of fantastic flavours including garlic, hoi sin sauce and sesame oil, bringing a real mix of sweet and sour flavours to the dish. This Char Siu Pork dish may look rather daunting in terms of preparation and cooking, but it is in fact rather easy to prepare. So if you are celebrating the Chinese New Year or just fancy cooking something different at home, give this Chinese Barbecue Pork recipe (Char Siu Pork) a go!



For the Pork

  • 800 grams of Belly Pork cut in to 3cm thick large strips
  • 100g of Malt Sugar
  • 25ml of Water (Cook water with the sugar until dissolved)

For the Pork Marinade

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp of sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp of yellow bean sauce (mince taucho)
  • 1 tsp of sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp of Hoi Sin sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp of chopped shallot
  • 1 tbsp of Oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp of chopped garlic
  • 1 tbsp of black sauce
  • 2 tbsp of Chinese cooking wine
  • 1 and a half pieces of Reddish cheese


Step 1-To start making this delicious Char Siu, wash your pork belly and pat dry with kitchen towel once you have done so. To allow the marinade to penetrate the meat, use a fork to pierce some holes in to the piece of pork. Take all the ingredients for the marinade and place them in a mixing bowl. Stir together until they are well mixed.

Step 2-Add the 3cm strips of the pork belly to the marinade and ensure each piece has a good covering of the marinade. Allow the pork to sit in the marinade for around 2 hours, or if you have the time, allow it to sit in the fridge over night.

Step 3-When you are ready to cook, take the pork belly out of the fridge and allow it reach room temperature for an hour or so before you start cooking. Preheat your oven to 220 degrees celcius.

Step 4-Take the 3cm strips of pork belly and place them on a roasting rack. Be sure to put a baking tray or roasting tin underneath the pork to catch any delicious juices that fall while it is cooking. Proceed to cook the pork for about 15 minutes.

Step 5-While the pork is happily cooking away, take any remaining marinade and cook it with the malt syrup on a low heat to form the Char Siu sauce, stirring well to avoid it sticking. You will notice the sauce is done when it starts to thicken nicely.

Step 6-Once the pork has been in the oven for 15 minutes, remove it from the oven and start to cover it with the Char Siu sauce you have just prepared. It is important to cover all of the meat with the sauce, so don’t forget to flip the meat over and cover the other side! Once you have done this, place the pork back in the oven for roughly 7 minutes. Repeat this process 4 times and cook the pork until it starts to become charred at the edges.

Step 7-Allow the meat to cool before cutting in to thick slices. Serve with any remaining sauce.

Step 6-That’s it, all there is left to do now is enjoy this delicious Char Siu Pork for Chinese New Year!

Source: Yummly 

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