Chinese Char Siew

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Tender, sweet yet savory, succulent char siew that will excite your taste buds. Impress your family with this intricate dish!

Let's start cooking!

Step 1 - Slice pork shoulders

  • Slice pork shoulders into thin 3 inch strips.
This allows your meat to cook faster and absorb marinade more evenly over a wider surface area.
Whisked marinade in mixing bowl

Step 2 - Make marinade

  • In a big bowl, mix fancy molasses, red fermented tofu, hoisin sauce, garlic, ginger, Chinese five spice powder, Shaoxing wine and 1 tsp red food coloring until well combined.
Pork shoulders in marinade

Step 3 - Marinate pork shoulders

  • Coat the pork shoulder strips with marinade and let it sit in the fridge for at least 24 hours.
Do not marinate pork shoulders in the marinade for more than 48 hours as the Shaoxing wine and red fermented tofu can make the end result too salty.
  • Once done marinating, remove the meat from the marinade and place it on a baking tray. Let the pork shoulders sit for 1 hour in room temperature.

  • To the leftover marinade, add honey and mix thoroughly. Set aside for glazing.

Cooked pork shoulders on rack

Step 4 - Preheat oven and cook marinated pork shoulders

  • Preheat oven to 160°C.

  • Place marinated pork shoulders into the oven and let it cook for 15 minutes before flipping it.Let it cook for another 10 minutes, until it reach 60°C internal temperature.

Char siu is typically eaten with other types of meats such as roasted chicken and roasted pork belly, along with wonton noodles or plain rice.
Brushed glaze on pork shoulder

Step 5 - Glaze pork shoulders

  • When it hits 60°C, remove baking tray from oven and glaze pork shoulders with the leftover marinade

  • Once it hits an internal temperature of around 60°C, remove from the oven and glaze with the leftover marinade, then return to the oven, flipping the meat to prevent burning. Repeat this 3 to 4 times, with 3 minutes in the oven for each time until sticky and slightly burnt.

  • Remove from the oven and let it rest for 20 minutes.

Plate and serve!

Sliced pork shoulders served with rice

After resting, slice the pork shoulders into 1 cm slices. Transfer to serving plate and serve with cooked white rice and garlic chili sauce on the side.

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