Home-made Char Siew

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This recipe is for those who have a hard time finding ready made Char Siew where they are. Char Siew is one of my favourite things to eat - in fried rice, Wonton Noodles, Char Siew Rice, etc. My family loved it! Depending on how it is being used (garnish, main ingredients, etc), the servings ranges from 6 - 12.

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  • add   1 tablespoon red food coloring
  • add   1 teaspoon five-spice powder
  • add   1 teaspoon Chinese wine (I suppose Sherry would do)
  • add   2 tablespoons dark soya sauce
  • add   4 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • add   1/2 cup fine sugar
  • add   1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • add   600 g pork belly (there must be some fat with the meat but if less fat is preferred, then use pork fillet though it mi)


  1. Mix everything together except the pork.
  2. Marinate pork with the mix for about 1 hour (I normally marinate my meats for a longer time) Place on wire rack and roast at 200 degrees Centigrade or 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about 30 mins.
  3. Or, you can fire up the BBQ and roast it in there.
  4. (I've personally seen Char Siew roasted over coals in a cut out oil tin with a wooden lid.) Cool and slice.