BBQ Pork (Char Siu)

“Char Siu” is a popular chinese dish, otherwise known as BBQ Pork. Although it is pretty easy to make, the marination of the meat would requires to be from the night before.

BBQ Pork is one of my family favourite, hence I make it a point to learn and master this dish. After searching online for an easy and successful recipe, I finally found one that requires ingredients that are readily available in my house. The recipe below is adapted from THE WOKS OF LIFE – BBQ Char Siu on the Grill.


For the marinade:

  • 600 gm of boneless pork shoulder / loin (select a cut with some good fat on it)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon five spice powder
  • ¼ teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
  • 2 teaspoons molasses
  • 3 cloves minced garlic

For the basting liquid:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon warm water
  • Leftover marinade


  1. Mix all the marinate ingredients (minus the pork) well in a bowl
  2. Place the pork into a zip lock bag and pour the marinate mixture. Seal the bag well and work the marinate into the meat until it is evenly coated. Leave to marinate overnight in the fridge 
  3. Preheat the grill / oven until it is extremely hot
  4. Mix all the basting liquid ingredient until well mix
  5. In the wok, first sear the meat to seal in the juices (approx 3 minutes each side)
  6. Lay the meat on tray and grill the meat under 200c for 5 minute
  7. Take out the meat and baste it with the basting liquid prepared above (step 4)
  8. Repeat step 6 above for the other side of the meat that has been baste for another 5 minutes
  9. Continue and repeat the step above alternating each side until the meat is cooked – depending on the thickness of the meat. Mine takes about 20 minutes only as my meat side is of a medium side
  10. Check the pork with meat thermometer. It is done when it has reach 145F
  11. Rest the meat for 5 minutes before slicing it and serve accordingly
  12. With the remaining basting sauce, bring to boil and served as sauce for the meat where applicable

8 thoughts on “BBQ Pork (Char Siu)

  1. Yes I always go to eat after dropping my baby gal in playgroup hehe… Everything is delicious in cade de coral!not only cafe de coral most of the restaurants sell char siu here… Very simple cheap delish food of HK!

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