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"Barbecue Pork aka Char Siew is probably one of the most recognisable Chinese food and is loved by many around the world."

Serves 4-6 | Prep Time 15 mins (+ 2 hours marinating time) | Cook Time 90 mins

Why I Love This Recipe

You can find BBQ Pork aka Char Siu hanging in the windows of many Chinese restaurants in any Chinatown around the world. The glazed pork is tender and has a sweet and savoury flavour with a smoky barbecue taste. Very very yummy!

Ingredients You'll Need

750 gm skinless and lean pork belly or shoulder (cut into thick strips)
2 cloves garlic (smashed)
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon dark soya sauce
1/2 teaspoon five-spice powder
1 1/2 pieces fermented red bean curd (available in most Asian grocery shop)
1 tablespoon Maple syrup
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon Chinese rose flower wine
Dash of white pepper


1. Put all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and ensure the pork is completely covered with the marinade. Cover the bowl with cling wrap and leave it to marinate for 2 hours.

2. Place the pork strips on a wire rack over a roasting pan. Add 2 cups of water in the roasting pan to catch oil drips. Add more water if you want some sauce. (Adding 1 inch of water to the roasting pan yielded nearly 1 bowl of gravy.)

3. Roast the pork belly in the fan-forced oven (160C) for 20 minutes.

4. In the meanwhile, boil the marinade in a small saucepan for a few minutes till thickened.

5. After 20 minutes, remove the pork from the oven, flip the pork over and brush the sauce (cooked marinade) over the pork. Continue roasting in the oven for another 20 minutes.

6. Remove from the oven, flip pork over again and brush more marinade over the pork. Place pork back into the oven and roast for 10 minutes.

7. Remove the pork from the oven once more and brush more marinade. Turn the oven setting to “grill” and roast for another 10 minutes till slightly charred.

8. Pour the roasting juices into any remaining marinade and boil to make a gravy for the pork. Add 1 teaspoon of cornflour to thicken the gravy slightly.

9. Slice the Barbecue Pork and serve with the gravy. Barbecue Pork goes extremely well with steamed rice.

Pairs Well With

Steamed rice

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