Friday 8 March 2013

Char Siew (BBQ Pork)

Hi! I am back. Sorry I have stop for a while after my last posting. Today I like to share with you my mother-in-law's yummy char siew.
What is Char Siew?
Char Siew is actually BBQ pork.  It is actually pork marinated with soya sauce , oyster sauce, sugar , pepper, sesame oil,etc.... and roast or grill in oven or pan roast. Those char siew that are selling in the local roasted duck stall are usually added with red colouring. As for my family recipe, we refrain from adding any colouring as colouring is unhealthy to body.
I usually cook this dish whenever I want a simple dinner and can rush off quickly after dinner where washing and cleaning is minimum. This dish can also be done in advance. You can choose to marinate the pork one day in advance and store it in the fridge and cook it early in the next morning or just before meal time. I usually marinate the pork in the morning and cook it in the evening before meal time. In the past, I used my mini oven toaster to make this dish. In oven toaster, it take about 30min to 45min to completely done. But I noticed that there are usually more water produced from the meat during the roasting process and meat is tougher. You can choose to roast it in the oven at temperature 220 degree celius for 30minutes. Meat will be tender and juicy. 
For leftover Char Siew, you can store it in the freezer or chiller for next day use or longer, depend on how long you need to keep. Leftover Char Siew can be added into fried rice.
For the one in this picture, I used the Happy Call Pan to make the char siew. It is very fast and meat very tender and juicy too. Total cooking time is about 20minutes and we can have yummy char siew to go with white rice and vegetables or cucumbers.
This is how I do my Char Siew ....

Ingredients :
800 gram marble meat/shoulder meat/tender loin ( chinese called it 肉)
3 tbsp oyster sauce (you can replace with mushroom sauce but oyster sauce taste better)
2 tbsp black soya sauce
2 tbsp raw sugar ( you can use white sugar)
1 tbsp honey
1/4 tsp ginger powder
1/2 tsp pepper
2 tbsp sesame oil ( to be added last)

1. Wash and cut the meat into strip of approx. 2cmx2cmx 15cm, you may choose to have it longer but not fatter.
2. Add all the rest of the ingredient except sesame oil. Mix it well. Last add in the sesame oil. Mix it well. Let the meat marinate for at least 2 hours in the fridge, that is in the chiller area.
3. Heat up Happy Call Pan (HCP) if you have one, and place the meat in the pan. Cover and cook in medium fire for 10min. Turn the meat or the HCP. I suggest you turn the meat instead as there are juice and it can be messy. Let it cook another 10minutes. Let all sides of the meat be a little brown. Off fire and cut into slices like the one in picture. Serve.
3. Alternatively, you can choose to roast in the oven. Preheat oven 220deg celius. Lay baking paper on a baking tray. Place meat in a baking tray. Roast in the oven for 30minutes or until it is slight brown.

Enjoy your cooking. Have a blessed day! (^ ^)


  1. I have glad to traded your char Siew, many times I follow the recipe book it is a failure cod some where along the line is not correct .
    But your I find it sincere n easy I will try again Thk u , God blessing upon u

  2. I am glad that your recipes is easy n straight forward. I have try many in the cook book but some where along the line is not correct . I will try again Thk u . God blessing to u