Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Chinese BBQ Pork (Char Siew)

Rare is the occasion for pork in my home. In fact, this is the first ever pork dish I cooked. Well, my other half-half is pork free and all these years, I didn't feel comfortable cooking it. But over the years, instead of just assuming he won't allow me to cook pork, I actually asked him. Surprisingly, he didn't mind. So, I made this Chinese BBQ Pork, aka Char Siew when he was away. Not being sure on how to go about making it, though I have tasted BBQ pork many a times at Chinese restaurants and mix rice stalls, I had a lengthy talk with my Chinese colleagues. Each of course had their own version, after listening to them, I coined this my version. Marinated for 4 hours and baked, this glossy and succulent char siew was paired with store bought garlic chilli sauce, and also cucumber, spring onion and rice. 

1 piece (about 300g) pork belly - wash and pat dry
1/2 tbsp ginger paste
1 1/2 tbsp bbq sauce (store bought, I guess any type will do)
1 tsp honey
1/2 tbsp dark soy sauce
1/2 tsp all spice powder
1/2 tbsp Chinese wine (optional) 
Pepper and salt for taste
Marinate pork with all the ingredients.
Use a fork to poke to allow the ingredients to sip through.
Place in the fridge and marinate for at least 4 hours.
Rub oil on a baking tray.
Place pork (including the marinate) over. 
Bake at 180c for about 1 hour or till cooked, also flip to cook on the other side.
Remove from oven, cool down and slice.  
Serve with chilli sauce, cucumber and spring onion.  

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  1. BBQ flavours are always loved by my kids. This looks awesome. Will try it with chiciken!

  2. You are so right!! compromising with love is very important for a healthy relationship..
    we too have similar problem at home with hubby favoring Punjabi food while i want Gujarati food..

  3. Lovely words Nava.will i substitute with any veggies?

  4. I always love BBQ Pork. As well as my family and my boyfriend too. =)

  5. Oh Nava, you clever gal! I don't even know how to make char siew. Thumbs-up, dear!

  6. delicious!!! I made this before using HCP

  7. Compromising for love is the way to a happy life. I don't like meat dishes as much as my husband and daughter do, but I make it whenever they want. They occasionally eat potatoes for my sake even though they literally dislike it.So its both ways. I don't cook pork at home nor do we eat it but one time a friend of us brought the marinated pork for cooking at our party and my husband with everybody else enjoyed except me. He might look your recipe.

  8. Love the two close up shots the meat looks really succulent.
    Hehee ...chemistry for pork :)

  9. I absolutely love pork belly and am so happy to see it here. The melt in your mouth feeling is uncomparable. I cook both western and Asian dishes with it but personally I prefer it with Asian flavours. Your recipe is a must try on my list..it is simple yet looks beautiful with the greens.
    Agree on the love perspective too. When you love, you try to accommodate each other's wishes to the extent possible. And both need to think that way..ultimately everything in life is about balance:-)

  10. Interesting learnt something new again - adding ginger paste to lose the 'porky' smell

  11. Looks amazing! And must have tasted so delicious! This is definitely on my to-do list! Bad internet connection has kept me away from commenting and posting. A little better speed now.

  12. I don't eat pork but this is presented beautifully.


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