Chinese bbq pork (Char siu) is probably one of the most popular take out/dine in dish worldwide, but it isn’t so difficult if you want to make your own.

Original char siu sauce or better known as the chinese bbq sauce is pretty complicated, so to make this more encouraging to the singles out there for more home cooking.

Supposedly when you purchase ready-to-cook sauce like that from the grocery store, you would expect to just add, mix and cook with it, instead of following the recipe provided on the jar, i modified my own for less saltiness and darker colour.

What you need:

– about 1lb of boneless pork shoulder chop

– 2 tbsp of lee kum kee char siu sauce (bbq pork sauce)

– 2 tsp of honey

– 1tbsp of dark soy sauce

What you do:

1. to make successful char siu at home, buying the right piece of pork is crucial. select great marbling boneless pork shoulder chop with each thickness of about an inch, size about your palm. the fattier it is the juicier it gets, but of course pick the ones with more even distribution of fat.

2. mix char siu sauce, honey, dark soy sauce together with the meat and store in the fridge for about 4-5 hours.

3. line the oven rack with a piece of foil (unless you want enless washing), bake at 400F for about 30-40 mins, cut and serve.

p.s. keeping the meat in the same place inside the oven without turning or moving it will give you better cameralization.

I baked my char siu with a small toaster oven, and i find that it’s actually better than using the big oven since the small one has more concentrated heat in a small enclosed area.

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