Cantonese char siu served in a dish

Cantonese char siu

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:
    • Cook:
    • plus 5 hrs marinating
  • Easy
  • Serves 3

Enjoy this delicious honey-glazed pork with jasmine rice, pak choi and spring onions for an easy supper. Choose fattier pork steaks for more flavour

Nutrition: Per serving


For the marinade

  • 2 tbsp hoisin sauce (you can also use oyster sauce, but you’ll need more honey as it’s less sweet)
  • 1⁄2 cube red bean curd from a can, plus 3 tsp sauce from the can
  • 1⁄2 tsp light soy sauce
  • 1⁄2 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tsp Shaohsing rice wine (Chinese cooking wine)
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely grated
  • 6 tbsp honey


  • STEP 1

    First, make the marinade. Whisk the hoisin sauce, red bean curd (along with the sauce from the can), the soy sauces, rice wine, garlic and 3 tbsp honey together. Tip half into a large bowl with the pork, reserving the rest of the marinade for basting later. Season the pork, toss to coat and chill for 5 hrs to marinate.

  • STEP 2

    Heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Transfer the pork to a roasting tin and roast for 30 mins.

  • STEP 3

    Meanwhile, mix the remaining marinade with the rest of the honey. Brush over the pork every 10 mins, so it’s evenly coloured. Serve with the rice and pak choi, and the spring onions scattered over.

Recipe tip

Make pork egg fu yung
Chop up any leftover char sui and mix with beaten eggs, soy sauce and any sliced spring onion and other stir-fry veg you’ve got. Heat sunflower oil in a non-stick frying pan, and cook the pork and egg mixture as an omelette on both sides until golden.

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