Making your own Char Siew / Char Siu (Chinese BBQ Pork) is much easier than you think, no oven is needed, what you need is a good quality non-stick pan. This recipe uses red yeast rice powder as natural red coloring and simple ingredients as marinade.

Pair our it with siew yoke (roasted pork) to get a perfect combo and a filling meal.

What is Char Siew (Chinese BBQ Pork)?

Char siew is a Cantonese barbecue dish popular in Southern China and Hong Kong. It consists of strips of barbecued pork that have been marinated and roasted over a flame. The meat is then coated with a sauce made from soy sauce, honey, and other ingredients such as five-spice powder, chicken stock, hoisin sauce, ginger, garlic, and pepper.

In Southeast Asia, char siew is usually eaten with rice or noodles, sometimes it will be served with steamed white rice and veggies. It can also be served alongside other dishes such as lor bak, steamed dumplings, and chicken rice.

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Making Char Siew (Chinese BBQ Pork) with Non-Stick Pan| MyKitchen101en

Yields: about 700 g

Ingredients:

  • 1 kg skinless pork belly (cut into thick strips, cleaned)
  • 2 tsps Shao Hsing Hua Tiao wine
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 150 g plain water

Ingredients for marinade:

  • 135 g sugar
  • 2 tsps red yeast rice powder* (as natural red colouring)
  • 40 g (2 tbsps) oyster sauce
  • 25 g (4 tsps) light soy sauce
  • 2 tbsps plain water

Instructions:

1 Combine ingredients for marinade in a sauce pot, cook until sugar has dissolved. Set aside to cool completely. (Reminder: *Red yeast rice is available at Chinese Medicine shop. Grind red yeast rice into fine powder using dry mill grinder and sift through before using. Keep unused portion refrigerated for storage.)

homemade bbq pork non-stick pan no artificial colouring
homemade bbq pork non-stick pan no artificial colouring
 

2 Dry cleaned pork belly strips with kitchen towels.

homemade bbq pork non-stick pan no artificial colouring

3 Pierce pork belly strips with holes using a fork.

homemade bbq pork non-stick pan no artificial colouring
 

4 Add in Shao Hsing Hua Tiao wine, rub into pork strips. (Reminder: The purpose of adding wine is to remove the unpleasant smell of pork.)

homemade bbq pork non-stick pan no artificial colouring

5 Add in cooled marinade, coat each pork strip well with the marinade.

homemade bbq pork non-stick pan no artificial colouring

6 Keep refrigerated to marinate for at least 3 hours. (Reminder: Turn the pork in between marinating.)

homemade bbq pork non-stick pan no artificial colouring

7 Preheat 1 tbsp of cooking oil in non-stick frying pan, add in marinated pork strips, fry until outer layers are cooked. Add in the remaining marinade and 150 g of water, bring to the boil, then reduce to medium-low heat, cover and cook for 30 minutes.

homemade bbq pork non-stick pan no artificial colouring

8 After 30 minutes, turn the pork strips over, continue to cook over medium-low heat for another 30 minutes, or until the meat is tender.

homemade bbq pork non-stick pan no artificial colouring

9 Remove tender pork from pan, pour sauce into a bowl. Return pork to the pan, add in sauce gradually, fry over medium heat until lightly charred.

homemade bbq pork non-stick pan no artificial colouring

10 Remove Char Siew, drain off excess fat from pan. Pour remaining sauce into pan, cook over medium heat until slightly thickened. Serve Char Siew with the Char Siew sauce.

homemade bbq pork non-stick pan no artificial colouring
homemade bbq pork non-stick pan no artificial colouring

homemade bbq pork non-stick pan no artificial colouring

Making Char Siew (Chinese Bbq Pork) With Non-stick Pan

Making your own Char Siew (Chinese BBQ Pork) is much easier than you think, no oven is needed, what you need is a good quality non-stick pan.
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Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Refrigeration 3 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Cantonese, Chinese, Pork
Servings 10 servings
Calories 196 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 kg skinless pork belly cut into thick strips, cleaned
  • 2 tsps Shao Hsing Hua Tiao wine
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 150 g plain water

For marinade:

  • 135 g sugar
  • 2 tsps red yeast rice powder* as natural red colouring
  • 40 g oyster sauce 2 tbsps
  • 25 g light soy sauce 4 tsps
  • 2 tbsps plain water

Instructions
 

  • Combine ingredients for marinade in a sauce pot, cook until sugar has dissolved. Set aside to cool completely. (Reminder: *Red yeast rice is available at Chinese Medicine shop. Grind red yeast rice into fine powder using dry mill grinder and sift through before using. Keep unused portion refrigerated for storage.)
    homemade bbq pork non-stick pan no artificial colouring
  • Dry cleaned pork belly strips with kitchen towels.
    homemade bbq pork non-stick pan no artificial colouring
  • Pierce pork belly strips with holes using a fork.
    homemade bbq pork non-stick pan no artificial colouring
  • Add in Shao Hsing Hua Tiao wine, rub into pork strips. (Reminder: The purpose of adding wine is to remove the unpleasant smell of pork.)
    homemade bbq pork non-stick pan no artificial colouring
  • Add in cooled marinade, coat each pork strip well with the marinade.
    homemade bbq pork non-stick pan no artificial colouring
  • Keep refrigerated to marinate for at least 3 hours. (Reminder: Turn the pork in between marinating.)
    homemade bbq pork non-stick pan no artificial colouring
  • Preheat 1 tbsp of cooking oil in non-stick frying pan, add in marinated pork strips, fry until outer layers are cooked. Add in the remaining marinade and 150 g of water, bring to the boil, then reduce to medium-low heat, cover and cook for 30 minutes.
    homemade bbq pork non-stick pan no artificial colouring
  • After 30 minutes, turn the pork strips over, continue to cook over medium-low heat for another 30 minutes, or until the meat is tender.
    homemade bbq pork non-stick pan no artificial colouring
  • Remove tender pork from pan, pour sauce into a bowl. Return pork to the pan, add in sauce gradually, fry over medium heat until lightly charred.
    homemade bbq pork non-stick pan no artificial colouring
  • Remove Char Siew, drain off excess fat from pan. Pour remaining sauce into pan, cook over medium heat until slightly thickened. Serve Char Siew with the Char Siew sauce.
    homemade bbq pork non-stick pan no artificial colouring
  • Cut char siew into pieces
    homemade bbq pork non-stick pan no artificial colouring

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Notes

This recipe yields about 700 g divided into 10 servings. 
The nutritional value for reference is for 1 serving of 70 g. 

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 196kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 23gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 66mgSodium: 300mgPotassium: 395mgFiber: 0.03gSugar: 14gVitamin C: 0.004mgCalcium: 8mgIron: 1mg
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