Charsiu BBQ Pork

This is one of many awesome foods I've ever eaten in my life!

Charsiu (叉烧, chāshāo) sometimes written as cha siu, cha shao, or char siew. It actually means "fork-roasted", a popular "fragrance red roasted pork dish" in Cantonese cuisine, so people call it "Chinese BBQ pork". What does make it different from another BBQ pork? The spices which are used for the marinating: star anise, five-spice powder, fermented red yeast rice (which makes the red color), honey, etc. Star anise and five-spice powder are very common spices in Chinese cooking, could be bought in most of Asian grocery stores, but it's quiet difficult to find fermented red yeast rice here in Europe. I always bring some from Indonesia when I go back there or when my family comes to visit me. Some people add red food coloring when they don't use the red rice, just skip it if you don't like, it would still taste good! 😉

Nowadays, charsiu pork is popular not only in China, but also in the entire Asian countries. It's usually served together with another pork dish such as Roasted Five-spice Pork Belly and Sauteed Lettuce, or as a topping for noodles, or stir-fried noodles.

Charsiu BBQ Pork (Photo credit : Veronica)
Charsiu BBQ Pork (Photo credit : Veronica)

Charsiu BBQ Pork

Serve : 4

Ingredients :
800 gr pork neck, cut into (about) 4 cmx4cm strips
2 cloves garlic, peel and crush
1 tbsp five-spice powder
2 tsp salt
2 tbsp sugar
4 tbsp honey
1 tbsp Kikkoman all purpose soy sauce
½ tsp ground white pepper
½ tbsp oyster sauce
3 star anise
1 tbsp fermented red yeast rice, grind
200 ml water

Steps :
Mix all ingredients (except the pork) in a pot, stir over medium heat until simmer and well combined. Add in the pork strips, flip them few times to let them marinated evenly. Turn off the heat, let cool down, then put them in the fridge for one night.

On the next day, preheat oven to 175 degree Celsius and prepare a baking tray with a wire rack. Place the pork strips onto the wire rack, bake for about 45 minutes, flip them after 20 minutes and brush them with the marinade. When it's all cooked through, turn off the oven. Take them out and let them cool down. Slice them thinly and serve with the sauce, Roasted Five-Spice Pork Belly, Sauteed Lettuce, Soy Sauce Braised Eggs and steamed white rice.

For the sauce, sieve the marinade then boil over medium heat.

Recipe by Veronica

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