Written by Shirley T
Thursday, 22 October 2009 09:13
Some people called it Cantonese style barbecued pork and the other may refer it as barbecued pork. Both to Chinese dialect is 'char siu' or 'char siew'. Barbecued Pork is a Cantonese cuisine. It is usually consumed alongside a starch like rice and we called it 'Char Siu Pui' (Barbecued Pork Rice; Pui: Hokkien for rice) or sometimes barbecued pork is used as a filling in steamed buns which is called 'Char Siu Pau'.
In Malaysia and Singapore, char siu is typically sold at the chicken/duck rice stalls in hawker center or kopitiam. Besides char sui, roasted pork or 'siew bak' (in Hokkien) or 'siew yoke' (in Cantonese) would also be displayed along as an option. Comparatively, 'siew bak' is more fatty as it was prepared from three-layer pork belly. However, the tangy colored skin of the roasted pork is crunchy and addictive! Apart from this, 'char siu' is also served with egg noodles as 'Wan Tan Mee'. In short, typical 'char siu' can be easily recognized from its appearance of red-edged lining which is a food coloring that makes 'char siu' look nicer (but to me, it is not necessary at all).
Typically, barbecued pork is prepared from lean pork loin coated/immersed in a sweet-savory marinade. Then, the pork strips would be barbecued and basting follows intermittently.
Since we craved for 'char siu' in Austin, I tried a couple attempts to make the barbecued pork. My second attempt turned out to be quite successful which was then served with white rice a.k.a. BBQ Pork Rice.
Interested to bake your own 'Barbecued Pork'? Read on...
2/3 pound tender lean pork loin - cut strips (1" width) or discard fat
2 tbsp sweet soy sauce (dark - I used ABC brand)
1 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp sugar
1. Combine all the marinade ingredients in a bowl. Place in the pork strips. Marinate overnight (preferably more than 10 hours) using tight closed lid in refrigerator. Ensure the pork is immersed in or coated with the marinade.
2. Thaw the marinated pork and dash some corn starch (optional).
3. Preheat oven at 450 degree Fahrenheit.
4. Get some aluminum foil and lay at the bottom of baking container. If you do have a baking rack, place pork strips on a roasting rack sitting above a pan. Pour some water into the pan to keep the pan moist.
5. Lay the pork strips into the container or on the rack.
5. Bake for 8 minutes.
6. Remove from oven and baste with the left-over marinade.
7. Put in oven again for 8 minutes and baste with marinade.
8. Place in back to oven and broil for 3 minutes.
9. Take out from oven, cool it and slice it to serve with egg noodle (Wanton Noodle) or steam rice.
Tips: Some steps in my baking (and broiling) method are adapted from this video here.
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