Char Siu (Cantonese-Style Barbecued Pork)

Char Siu (cantonese-style Barbecued Pork)

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An easy version of preparing Char Siu Pork that is a quintessential dish in Cantonese style Chinese cuisine.


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4 (prep is mostly marinating time)
6 Hr 15 Min
45 Min


  • 1 1/2 to 2 lb
    pork belly, cut into 2 long strips (about 675g)
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 2 Tbsp
    crushed garlic
  • 1 Tbsp
    chinese rice wine (such as shaoxing)
  • 2 Tbsp
    low-sodium soy sauce (or dark soy sauce)
  • 1 Tbsp
    oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp
    chinese five-spice powder
  • 1/2 tsp
    black pepper
  • 1/2 cup
  • 4 large
    lettuce leaves (for serving)
  • 2 cups
    cooked white rice (for serving)
  • 2
    green onions, chopped (for garnish)
  • ·
    cooking oil (for roasting rack)

How to Make Char Siu (Cantonese-Style Barbecued Pork)


  1. In a bowl, thoroughly whisk together the honey, garlic, rice wine, soy sauce, oyster sauce, five-spice powder, pepper and sugar.
  2. Place 1/4 cup of the marinade in a bowl, cover the bowl, and keep in refrigerator for a later step.
  3. Place remaining sauce in a gallon-size ziplock bag, add the 2 pork strips, seal bag, and squeeze the bag in several spots to distribute the marinade. Place bag in refrigerator and let the pork marinate for 6 to 8 hours, turning every 2 hours (for even marinating).
  4. Just before roasting, preheat oven to 375°F(190°C).
  5. Place a roasting rack in a foil-lined baking sheet. Brush roasting rack with cooking oil. Place pork strips, side by side, on rack (discarding ziplock bag and used marinade). Brush with some of the reserved sauce on both pork strips, and roast 20 minutes.
  6. Turn both pork strips, baste with remaining sauce, and return to oven to roast for 15 to 20 minutes longer or until thoroughly cooked. (Roasting time can vary depending on pork thickness and oven variations.)
  7. Let pork stand on cutting board for 10 minutes, then cut pork into thin slices. Arrange pork slices on a large lettuce leaves, and spoon some of the pan sauce over the pork slices. Garnish with green onions, and serve immediately with a side of steamed white rice.

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About Char Siu (Cantonese-Style Barbecued Pork)

Course/Dish: Pork
Main Ingredient: Pork
Regional Style: Chinese

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