Char Siu Pork

I’m all for healthy eating but sometimes you just have to indulge. I’ll be testing out some Char Siu recipes (Chinese style BBQ pork) in the coming weeks. Here’s the first:

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Yup, Pork Belly

My hunger commanded me to take this picture quickly so hear it is sans the sauce I drizzled over:

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Char Siu with Soba

I marinated the pork belly in the fridge for a few days in a combination of soy, soy paste, Chinese five-spice, wine, etc. I then roasted it with honey for about a total of 40 minutes. It didn’t seem crispy enough to my liking so I put I proceeded to sear it on the pan. I think that step dried out the Char Siu a bit.

Next time I’ll examine different cooking methods, perhaps searing first then roasting for a shorter period. I’d also like to try braising it, as the Japanese do. If anyone has a Cantonese mom, grandma or aunt I can borrow, please let me know 🙂 Wouldn’t mind having a pro show me how it’s done [right].

FYI Char Siu is usually made with pork shoulder. I substituted belly for shoulder since Super 88 (local Asian grocer) was out of shoulder…

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