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Monday, 14 October 2013

Homemade Char Siew

Char Siew ~ I don't think I need any further introduction of this delicious roast meat.

Homemade Char Siew
Recipe sourced from Chef and Sommelier

1 kg Pork (Shoulder or Collar)
2 tablespoons oil
1 cup water

1 teaspoon salt (To add later)
1 teaspoon light soya sauce
1 teaspoon white pepper
2 tablespoons maltose
2 cubes red fermented bean curds
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
1 tablespoon chinese wine
1 tablespoon peanut oil

Clean and pat dry the pork.
Mix all the ingredients for the marinade (except salt) and marinate pork over night.

Next day, add the salt to marinated pork 30 minutes before cooking.

In a medium wok, heat peanut oil over medium heat. Brown pork on all sides. Add marinade and water. Simmer over low heat for about 45 minutes until marinade thickens to form sauce. 

Meanwhile, heat up oven to 250C on grill mode.
Brush the meat with the sauce and remove from wok. Remove excess oil and further thicken the sauce if required. 

Grill pork in oven until the sides are nicely charred, about 5-10 minutes each side.

Remove and let Char Siew rest before slicing and serving.

With this Char Siew, it is easily go with rice, wantan noodles, or make your favourite Char Siew Pau, or Seremban Siew Pau, Char Siew Soh, etc. etc.

Char Siew Rice


I'm linking this post to the Little Thumbs Up 'Soy Bean' event organised by Doreen from my little favourite DIY and Zoe of  Bake for Happy Kids, hosted by  Mich of  Piece of Cake.


  1. i tried this recipe before too! it is yummy indeed! love your char siew fun!!

  2. haha...Fortunately I had this char siew rice for my lunch just now. But it don't like your homemade one so delicious :)

  3. Char siew looks so succulent.. yums! Wish this was my dinner ^^

  4. Yoh Mel, can I also share some of these char siu with you? It looks delicious! Nice!

  5. Hopefully I can try my bro's famous char siew recipe soon.. Your looks good too.

  6. I'll normally serve this with won ton mee whenever I make char siew. Must try your version!

  7. Wow, homemade char siew, beautifully done. Like the natural reddish tint :)

  8. Oh yes! One of my favorite way to cook pork! So succulent! I am going to try this recipe too!

  9. Wow, can you pass that plate over? Looks so yummy!

  10. Mel, thumbs up! Your char siew can compete with the one from the shop!

  11. Hey Hey Mel! I'm glad you tried and like this recipe! I'm still trying out different ways of making the perfect char siew! Let's exchange notes! :D

  12. Hi Mel,lovely dish. Thanks for your email, this dish is fine for the theme. Thanks again.

  13. Hi Mel,
    Your Char Siew rice looks so inviting.
    Love to try this out too.

  14. Hi Mel,

    I saw how Alvin made his char siew too in his post. Yours look as delicious as his.


  15. LOL! You are too funny, but it's correct! We don't need any explanation for this recipe because we're already drooling! Excellent recipe from Alvin and you execute it so well! Pinned to my Asian food board!

  16. I'll never tire of Char Siew. Love its sweet glaze. This looks so delicious, Mel. Would love it on won ton noodle soup.

  17. What a gorgeous (and really easy) way to serve pork. As you said, Delicious!

  18. hi mel, i wished to try making this char siew too one day when i saw them on alvin's too made them very nice!

  19. I made this some weeks back and mine didn't look as good as yours even though the taste was good. Going to attempt yours.