Char Siu, Chinese BBQ Pork, 叉烧肉 ala Julie’s recipe

Char Siu, Chinese BBQ Pork, 叉烧肉 ala Julie’s recipe

This recipe have been on the pipeline for yonks. It was in my old blog which I have lost and I meant to put into this new blog but the opportunity did not present itself until today. I have developed this over 22 years to suit my taste. Please use this recipe as a guide and adjust to suits your taste.

I have marinated my char siu for 2 days, praying for a not too hot and not too chilly weather to set up the BBQ. I wanted to BBQ it. To me one can cook char siu (Chinese BBQ pork) absorption way, or in oven just do not give that BBQ flavour that can only be obtained if you do it over a charcoal fire.

I have made extra sauce today because I have more plans for my char siu – kekekekekekeke However I like to plan my daily cook/bakes etc as I am too old and tired to do everything in one day. besides which I am only 70% recovered from my left side frozen neck, shoulder and elbow.

In my char siu I used fermented red beancurd for the ‘saltiness’ and the red colouring. If you can get maltose that will also help in giving your char siu that extra shining glaze. Failing that after you make your sauce if you want it shining add sesame oil a touch.

TIP – Western sauces use butter eastern sauces use oil for the shine. Though I would not mind adding butter to char siu sauce for myself as I love love love butter.

Note : if you do not want to use red fermented beancurd you can use 2 tbsp oyster sauce instead for the ‘saltiness’. I like to use red fermented beancurd for the colouring.

Char Siu, Chinese BBQ Pork, 叉烧肉 ala Julie’s recipe


  • 2 kg Pork belly, pork shoulder or ribs
  • 1 cup Set honey or Maltose
  • 2 pieces Fermented red beancurd or 1 large + 2tbsp liquid
  • 2 tbsp Hoisin Sauce
  • 1 cup Rice wine
  • 2 tbsp Dark caramel soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp Chinese 5 spice or less (husband loves the taste but I don't like it too strong)
  • 1 tbsp Garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp Onion powder
  • 2 tbsp Sesame oil


  • Mix everything and marinate in the fridge for 1 – 3 days. See how busy you are 😀
  • Bake in oven, cook on stove with wo with marinate till it dries and fry itself OR the BEST way BBQ
  • To cook either way remove from fridge and leave to room temperature (UK) half a day then cook them.
  • Vacuum sealed they keep for ages (In my freezer never last more than a month)
  • Note. If you make less than 2kg of meat, don't bother 😀

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