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Learn how khổng lồ easily make the best Chinese-style pork or chicken char siu that is perfectly tender, sticky, và sweet in the oven or roasting on the pan. Made with natural red color.

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Easy Chinese Char Siu BBQ Pork (Oven or Pan-Roasted)


Never in million years I thought I could make my own char siu or known as Chinese barbecued pork at home. I thought it was complicated and with the oven we have at home, I didn’t know how it’s gonna turn out. Well, it turned out delicious. I’ve made this char siu several times since.

CHINESE CHAR SIU

Traditionally, char siu is usually made with pork marinated in sauces, usually dyed with red color. The strips of pork are skewered và then cook over an open fire. You will find recipes cooking char siu in the oven too, like in this recipe. Most Chinese restaurants will hang this barbecued pork vertically on the hook and it’s actually part of a “display” when you first walk in the restaurants. In Indonesia, we gọi it “cha sio” in the town where I grew up. The thân phụ sio is usually served with rice, slices of cucumbers on the side and serve with sweet sauce. I haven’t been able lớn duplicate the sauce, but this sauce that I made is delicious to lớn drizzle over the meat when you serve it.

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WHAT CUT OF MEAT IS BEST FOR MAKING CHAR SIU?

I’ve tried making char siu with pork loin but the family complained that it was too lean và dry. I’ve tried it with pork belly, và while I love pork belly, I found it a bit too greasy for char siu. But you may like it. Finally, I tried to use pork shoulder/butt. This is the best cut for making char siu IMHO. Pork shoulder is not super lean and it has some fat, but not so fatty as pork belly.


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Pork Shoulder after 24 hours of being marinated


CAN I MAKE CHICKEN CHAR SIU WITH THIS RECIPE?

You certainly may. I’ve tried it before & it’s tasty too. Simply substitute the pork with boneless và skinless chicken thighs. I will not make it with breast though. It’s too lean.

WHAT MAKES CHAR SIU RED IN COLOR?

Most restaurants used red food coloring. It’s simply easier. Some recipes use fermented red bean curd in the marinade to give it that natural red color. My mom usually uses red yeast rice that she grinds into powder & hence red yeast rice powder (shown in the photo below). Skip all the coloring if you want, you will still end up with really good char siu.


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Red yeast Rice made into powder


HOW vì YOU MAKE CHAR SIU SAUCE?

The finished product looks lượt thích something that you won’t be able khổng lồ attempt at home, BUT, making char siu is actually one of my favorites because it’s pretty easy và this recipe is pretty foolproof. The sauce is made with only few ingredients :HOISIN SAUCEHONEYOYSTER SAUCECHINESE FIVE-SPICE POWDERRED COLORING: I use red yeast rice powder. You can use red food coloring as red yeast rice powder is not easy to lớn find here in the U.S. My mom brought it for me when she visited.

DO I NEED MALTOSE to lớn MAKE CHAR SIU?

What is maltose you would ask? In short, it is a malt sugar and commonly used in Chinese cooking to lớn prepare roast duck và char siu. It gives the finished product a shiny, sweet, và brown crispy glaze on the outside. Vì you need maltose khổng lồ make char siu? No you don’t. If you have one, feel không tính phí to use it. This can be purchased at Asian grocery store. I use honey instead, which gives that nice shine, sweet, & sticky feel to lớn the char siu as well.

HOW khổng lồ MAKE GOOD CHAR SIU BBQ PORK IN THE OVEN OR PAN-ROASTED

1. CHOOSE THE RIGHT CUT OF MEAT YOU LIKEMy choice will be either pork shoulder/butt or pork neck, it’s not too lean or too fatty. If you like very lean char siu, you can use pork loin. If you like juicy fatty char siu, pork belly will be your choice.2. CUT INTO LONG STRIPSI highly recommend lớn cut the pork into smaller strips instead of roasting the entire pork shoulder. More surfaces of the meat get marinated instead of one super big piece. It cooks faster too.3. MARINADEMarinating the meat for at least 24 hours is highly recommended. I won’t recommend going over that though. Longer is not always better. Not in this case. Use a plastic bag as I find that this helps to marinate the pork more evenly.

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4. LET MEAT COMES to lớn ROOM TEMPERATURE30 minute before you plan to cook the pork, pull it out from the refrigerator & let it sit on the counter for 30 minutes while the oven is preheating. This will help to lớn cook the pork more evenly.5. PAN-ROASTED METHODPreheat a pan and then showroom cooking oil. Place the strips of pork on the pan. Let them sear about 2-3 minutes on each side.
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Pour 1 Tbsp of cooking wine over
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Cover & let it cook until the wine reduces. Uncover the lid & flip the pork strips khổng lồ the other side và pour another 1 Tbsp of cooking wine and cook until the wine reduces again.
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Uncover the lid & remove smaller pieces that have cooked. Pour about 50% cup of water into the pan.

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Cover the lid and let the pork continues to cook until they are cooked through or thermometer reads 145 F.Remove pork from the pan & continue lớn reduce the liquid left on the pan.

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Add the strips of pork back into the pan lớn make sure the sauce coats the pork. Remove from the pan.
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5. OVEN METHODSet the meat on đứng top of the rack. The rack helps lớn evenly cook the pork and fat will drop khổng lồ the bottom of the pan.Roast the pork for about 25-30 minutes or until thermometer inserted into the pork reads 145 F.
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Halfway through cooking, baste the pork with the marinade juice và let it roast 2-3 minutes then flip và baste with some marinade and repeat until the pork is cooked throughTurn off the oven & turn on the broiler lớn low. This part is khổng lồ create nice caramelization on the outside. When you are happy with the color, remove from the oven
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6. REST THE MEAT BEFORE SLICINGWhen you cut the meat immediately right after it comes out from the oven, you are risking losing all those juices. Loosely tend the meat with aluminum foil và let them rest for 5 minutes before slicing. This will ensure you get a moist meat.


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Char Siu right out of the oven


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HOW to STORE LEFTOVER CHAR SIU?

I recommend to lớn only slice the amount of char siu you are going khổng lồ serve. You can store the rest of the char siu strips in the refrigerator for up to lớn 3 days or wrap them up và place them in the freezer bag và can be frozen for up to lớn 1 month. Just thaw in the refrigerator before reheating.

HOW to REHEAT LEFTOVER CHAR SIU?

Preheat oven lớn 375 F. Wrap the char siu strips in a foil và then bake for 10-15 minutes. Rest 10 minutes and then slice.

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WHAT lớn SERVE OR EAT WITH CHAR SIU?

You can cut up the char siu and make yang zhou fried rice, stir-fried noodles, roast pork puff pastry, make char siu bao, wonton noodles, eat with rice, eat with noodles, I mean…pretty much anything!

Now that you have all the tips you need to lớn make some really good char siu at home, you will find that it’s not as intimidating as it looks.