Char siu - Chinese barbecued pork
So , how's your Valentine's Day date ?
Me ?! Sadly ......
I drowned my sorrow by making char siu lol
Read more about char siu at Wiki .
The last time I've made char siu was 2 years ago and I used Lee Lum Kee char siu sauce . Now before you say , bottled sauce ?! It tastes good actually and the taste closely resembled to the char siu here in Hongkong . I like it but not that much .
Though the not-so picky taste tester here prefer homemade char siu made from bottled sauce over this made from scratch marinade *gasp*
There's no accounting for taste , hee hee !
I've got this recipe from Alvin aka Chef and Sommelier , one of my favorite Singaporean bloggers . I've been eyeing his recipe since he posted it in May last year and had to stick my xeroxed recipe on our kitchen wall as a reminder . You should see our kitchen wall , several recipes sticking here and there -__-
I have another 2 char siu recipe that I've been planning to make ( hopefully ?! ) but ditched the other one since it calls for 5 pounds of pork ugh ! That's good if you're making it for a party but I'm only feeding 2 person . I lifted two ingredients from this book and added them to Alvin's recipe .
Here in HK , if you want to make char siu , you can ask the butcher that you want a cut of pork for making char siu and they'll give you that . In my case , I've selected the cut I usually buy when I make potstickers or steamed minced pork . There's this beautiful marbling of fat in that area and it's near the skin so there's some good old fat as well that's really good when charred . I don't really know which cut of pork is the one I usually buy .
The verdict ?! I'll let the photos do the talking .....
Now , now stop drooling ! It's really easy to make !
Recipe adapted from Chef and Sommelier ( Thanks , Alvin ! ) Please check out original recipe and instruction at his blog .
1 kg pork , cut into 3-inches wide and about 3/4-inches thick ( rough estimate )
For the marinade :
1 tsp light soy sauce
1 tsp ground white pepper
2 tablespoon maltose syrup
2 cubes red fermented beancurd
2 tablespoon raw sugar
2 tablespoon oyster sauce
1 tablespoon Chinese wine
2 tablespoons Hoisin sauce
3/4 teaspoon five-spice powder
* Wash and dry pork thoroughly .
* In a medium bowl , combine ingredients for the marinade and mix well . Add in the pork , use hands to coat each piece of pork and chill for at least 4 hours , preferably overnight . Try to stir the mixture from time to time . Remove the pork from the fridge 30 minutes before cooking . Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil or use a roasting pan .
* Preheat oven to 200°C . Transfer
* Serve with rice , what else ?! Or noodles or beer or whatever you fancy .
Drool worthy..just can't help it!ReplyDelete
My Valentine's day was a super busy day, cook till whole day, but I was happy to see all my family members enjoyed the foods that I prepared. So your Char Siew must be full of love, hehehe..ReplyDelete
I tried Alvin's recipe before too, and I really like the cooking method! This looks delicious!ReplyDelete
Wow! This looks really good Anne!ReplyDelete
My family loves Char Siew, So far I only make Char Siew from Zoe's recipe.
I'll definitely try this out one day :D
I miss char siu! Yours has turned out wonderful, Anne.ReplyDelete
very good, pity that I do not have all ingredients for the marinadeReplyDelete
I am drooling right down to that raw photo lol! Really looks delicious! Got to try this too!ReplyDelete
Looks nami! pwede na ibutang sa siopao :))ReplyDelete
I'm practically drooling...!! Have not taken my dinner yet, and my tummy is growling when looking at your char siu. It did not growl a minute ago! Got to give this a try one of these days!ReplyDelete
Anne, I love Alvin's char siu recipe but have yet to make it. Your char siu looks wonderfully delicious makes me want to buy pork tomorrow. ...must try!ReplyDelete
Looks good, i have gotta try this soon. This recipe has been getting raving reviews!ReplyDelete
Are there any substitutes for the (hard to find) ingredients in the marinade? This looks DEEEEEEELICIOUS but I don't think I can find some of those ingredients.ReplyDelete
Hi gabby , so sorry for the late reply ! Try to use the bottled char siu sauce first or if there's an Asian store nearby , I'm sure you can find most of the ingredients there , hopefully ? :DReplyDelete
Hi..been wanting to cook char shiu at home... Your recipe called for 2 cubes red fermented beancurd.. Can you please tell me where I can buy those and what brand did you use? A photo of the container would be a big help... :-)ReplyDelete
Hi M, if you're living near an Asian grocery or Chinatown , you can certainly find some red fermented beancurd. I usually buy the one in small plastic so no brand is listed. You can Google it and find some brands online....Delete