Char Siu (Chinese Barbecue Pork)

Amy Herald


Char Siu is a delicious Cantonese style grilled or baked pork dish with a sweet and spicy sauce. Did you know: Cantonese cuisine refers to the cuisine of China's Guangdong Province in Southern China? More particularly it refers to the provincial capital, Guangzhou. Guangzhou was named Canton, by the Europeans who lived and traded there.


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2 Hr
40 Min


  • 1 1/2 lb
    pork tenderloin or good pork sirloin
  • 1/4 c
    soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 3 Tbsp
    dark brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp
    chinese rice wine
  • 2 Tbsp
    hoisin sauce
  • 2 Tbsp
    red bean curd paste
  • 6-8
    drops of red food coloring (optional)
  • 1 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp
    sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp
    chinese five-spice powder
  • dash(es)
    white pepper

How to Make Char Siu (Chinese Barbecue Pork)


  1. Cut pork with the grain into thick strips, poke repeatedly with a fork to tenderize and make tiny holes, but don't tear the meat. Put into a large zip lock bag. Refrigerate until needed.
  2. Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl.
  3. Pour the marinade into the bag with the pork, squeeze air from the bag, and seal. Turn bag a few times to coat all pork pieces in marinade.Marinate pork in refrigerator, a minimum of 2 hours to and no more than overnight.
  4. Preheat oven to 375˚F Line a jelly roll pan with aluminum foil. Place a metal rack on top of the pan. Place marinated pork onto the metal rack. Bake pork for 25 minutes; reserving marinade for basting.
  5. Brush remaining marinade onto each strip of pork. Turn and brush the other side with more marinade. Return to the oven and continue to roast for another 10- 15 minutes.
  6. Allow Pork to rest for 10 minutes. Slice across the grain into thin slices & serve.

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About Char Siu (Chinese Barbecue Pork)

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

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