Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Chinese BBQ Pork/Char Siu

When I first move to the US, I had problem eating the pork from here. I find them too porky and with a very strong gamey smell. If you see my previous posting I hardly cook with it except for a few dishes, Siew Yoke and occasionally using pork ribs in soup. It took me over 5 years just to get used to the smell and now I think they tasted alright and I slowly incorporate pork into our meals.

I made this Char Siu for our dinner not too long ago and kept some of it for my Ramen and wanton noodles. Since we are not a big fan of fatty pork, I used tenderloin to make this but you can use your favorite cut of meat to make this.


2 pound pork tenderloin
1 tbsp hoisin sauce
2 tbsp char siew sauce
2 tbsp of Maltose or honey
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp dark soy sauce
2 tbsp soy sauce
¼ tsp 5 spice powder
½ tsp pepper

1. Cut the meat into 2” long strips. Combined marinate in a small saucepan and simmer on medium heat until the maltose melted and sauce slightly thickens. Cool completely.
2. Marinate the meat with 3/4 of the sauce for 3-4 hours. Reserved 1/4 of the sauce for basting later.
3. Pre-heat the oven to 375 degree F. Line the baking pan with some aluminum foil. Place a rack on the baking pan. Line the meat on top of the rack and roast it for 45-50 (depend on the size of your meat); turning and basting it with the reserved sauce half way through roasting.
4. Turn the oven to broil, brush more sauce on the meat. Broil until the meat gets brown and slightly darken. Remove from oven and let the meat rest for 15 minutes before cutting into it.


Cheah said...

Wow, so tempting. I could do with this char siew and kon loh mee for lunch today!

Zoe said...

This beautiful roast reminds me that the delicious char siew rice that I used to have when I was kid. Very nice.

Shereen said...

High five,Gert...I too tak boleh tahan with the smell of pork here.I try as much as possible to buy organic meat but so far I fail with pork...just cannot stand the smell.I too seldom cook pork if you notice but after finding a butcher with no smell pork,only I start to consume pork again.Infact, I would never touch bakuteh in KL or PJ for the same reason.Your char siew look so syiok...lucky my 2 men not beside me or else sure they'll pester me to make for them some.

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

too bad to hear you can't get good pork, next time you come back, I belanja you makan Klang Bah Kut Teh huh, hehehe..Your char siew look yummy!

ReeseKitchen said...

Oh so yummy! Yeah..I like them with wanton noodles...You make me so hungry now..haha!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

I hear you when you say there's no good pork. I used to go through that! But I guess with your good cooking skills, I'm sure any pork will turn into a delicious plate of dish! Love the slight char on the char siew, yum!

lena said...

yeah i heard abt the taste of pork there though i never experiences that before, i think it's just a different mixture of swine feeds that they're taking. I know that there are various methods and recipes for making char siew, the way i cook is very similiar to yours except i didnt put in hoisin sauce and 5spice powder and yours look absolutely delicious!!

Shirley @ Kokken69 said...

You've just reminded me that I have an easy Char Siew recipe which I have not tried!

Alice said...

thks for the recipe - i thought i will never make charsiew, but now i can give a try! :)

daphne said...

And i love the "Char" bits as well! Sooo healthy too! better than storebought.

Beachlover said...

the color of this char siew really look appetizing!! I can whack the whole plate!!

Little Corner of Mine said...

Lovely color! Looks great!

ICook4Fun said...

Cheah, yea you can never go wrong with char siew and kon loh mee :)

Zoe, thank you.

Shereen, yea we talked about that before :) I like only the meat from Chinatown. I find the one from the supermarkets too gamey. I also start consuming more pork this past few years.

Sonia, thank you. Yea it has been a long while since I had Klang BKT. Have to go and visit you when I come home next year :)

Bee Bee, you gave me too much credit ha ha.. only now Carlos venture into eating pork :)

Lena, actually many people from back home who visited here said the pork here taste better. They said it is much sweeter but for me it is too gamey compared to the one from back home.

Shirley, looking forward to see your posting :)

ICook4Fun said...

Alice, you are most welcome.

Daphne, thank you. I find storebought one here a bit too hard and dry.

Lesley, ha ha Carlos love this too. He ate a lot of it with his salad :)

LCOM, thanks

Anonymous said...

Your pork recipe looks amazing!

suituapui said...

Wow! That can rival char siew any place else. Looks real good! Yup, pork overseas used to stink bad...but I hear now it's ok. In the past, they did not know how to slaughter but they do now.

Anonymous said...

yum yum send some down my way...my friend
James from DE

Unknown said...

This looks great!