Friday, 22 May 2015

Char Siu Cheat (BBQ Pork 叉燒)

Since I have a new cooker I thought I might as well try out some more oven cooking since I hardly used the old one.

In this post I will be introducing you the easy cheat way on how to make the famous Chinese BBQ pork a.k.a char siu 叉燒 (pronounced in Canto as "chaa siu" literally meaning "fork-roast"). The history goes like this: in ancient times they used a fork to hang the pork and roast it. ^_^ That's it. It's very different to the Japanese chashu so don't mistake this as being Japanese!

So here I am using pork loin, pork belly and leftover chicken breast meat and a char siu (cheat) sauce from Lee Kum Kee. In the end you will be so proud of yourself making such a delicious dish.

Ingredients:
- Pork loin or pork belly or pork shoulder meat (shoulder meat is the leanest; belly is the fattest)
- Char siu marinade sauce (Lee Kum Kee version)

optional: 
- chicken breast, chicken wings
- a few drops of red food colouring

That's all you need!! Already so simple. ^_^


1. First clean the meat and get rid of any unwanted bone then dry it

2. Marinade both sides of the meat generously (you can add red food colouring to the marinade to make the meat red like in the restaurants)


3. Leave in the fridge overnight and take out when you are about to do the roasting

4. Pre-heat oven to about Gas mark 7

5. Put water into the baking tray and place rack on top

6. Add meat to tray and then stick in the oven. Leave for 30 minutes.

7. Remove from oven then flip over the meat and re-marinate with remaining sauce

8. Roast for another 30 minutes

9. After time is up remove from the oven and leave to cool... cut up and enjoy with some rice!

Simple right? Defo simple!! I think I might roast them a bit longer next time... probably 40 minutes and use pork shoulder.

If there are any leftovers, refrigerate or freeze until you next want to use it. ^_^

Happy cooking!! 

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