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    Char Siu (Chinese Sweet Barbecued Pork)

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    4 hrs 10 mins

    4 hrs

    10 mins

    ChrisMc's Note:

    This is a traditional Chinese recipe for pork - the pork is very flavorful and fairly sweet. I had never heard of this until my first trip to Hawaii; now I know what I was missing. I'm posting a companion recipe for this (Cha Siu Bao - barbecued pork buns) in a few days. Prep time includes marinating time.

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    1. 1
      Trim the fat from the pork and cut into chunks; each chunk should be between 2-4 bites.
    2. 2
      Blend all remaining ingredients.
    3. 3
      The pork and marinade should be fairly bright red- add enough food coloring to give it a nice color.
    4. 4
      Marinate for at least 3 and preferable 24 hours.
    5. 5
      Broil or grill for 3-4 minutes on a side or until the pork is done through.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on November 28, 2002


      Very good. I marinated it for a day and then slow cooked it on the BBQ - very good. I also whipped up a little sauce to pour over top of it and the white rice. It consisted of the same ingredients as the marinate but I added a chicken broth with corn starch to make it into more of a sauce. Add some sauteed pea-pods and you have a great meal!!!

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    • on June 03, 2009

      I was pleased with how this recipe came out. I used Country Style Ribs, trimmed them well and cut them into chunks. I also broiled them in the oven and they came out great. The only problem with this recipe is that it did not seem sweet enough to me, so next time I think I will add brown sugar to the marinade.

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    • on March 14, 2009


      Really nice char siu recipe. I've made this several times now, and it seems like it's always an impulse item (i.e., I've got a pork chop in the freezer and nothing for dinner, which is in two hours), so I've never given it a long marinating time and it still comes out good (can't wait to see what the 24-hour version is like). I have xiaoshing wine in my pantry so I use that. Also, I cook on a gas grill, indirect medium heat, with a small pan of water directly under the meat (I had an old oven recipe for char siu that did this and it seemed to work well). I might even try indirect low heat for this this some time and see how that comes out. You definitely don't want high direct heat though.

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    Nutritional Facts for Char Siu (Chinese Sweet Barbecued Pork)

    Serving Size: 1 (131 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 265.5
    Calories from Fat 98
    Total Fat 10.9 g
    Saturated Fat 3.8 g
    Cholesterol 97.4 mg
    Sodium 900.4 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 5.4 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.1 g
    Sugars 4.4 g
    Protein 33.8 g

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    Chinese five spice powder

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