Chinese Roast Pork (Char Siu)

Total Time
24hrs 35mins
Prep 24 hrs
Cook 35 mins

Sweet, delicious roast pork. Recipe adapted from my chef's version at culinary school. If you follow all the steps, it's the best char siu you'll ever have. I am usually "lazy" and use the marinade on a pork roast, then glaze it at the end.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. First day preparation:
  2. To make the marinade, combine the first 8 ingredients in a freshly-sanitized plastic container just large enough to hold the pork snug - or - in a Ziploc plastic bag. Reserve 1/4 cup of marinade for glaze. Add the pork, turn well to coat, and refrigerate at least 24 hours and not longer than 48 hours.
  3. Second day preparation:
  4. Preheat oven to 450°F Set a pan filled with 1" water on the bottom rack.
  5. Combine the honey, 2 Tbs. soy, sesame oil, and 1/4 cup pork marinade in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Set aside.
  6. Place pork strips on broiler pan and put on rack above water pan. Roast 10 minutes.
  7. Brush with 1/3 of the glaze, roast 10 minutes more, and then lower the heat to 350°F
  8. Brush with half of remaining glaze and roast 10 minutes more.
  9. Brush with remaining glaze and turn off oven. Remove from oven after 5 minutes and cool to room temperature on a rack (if using for Bao; otherwise, serve it up!).
Most Helpful

GREAT ! This recipe tasted exactly like what I grew up eating (in a half Chinese family).<br/><br/>A few small changes:<br/><br/>1) I used natural pork loin filets, approximately 1.5 lbs<br/>2) I dry roasted the pork after 36 hours of marinade: 30 minutes at 350 degrees, followed by 5 minutes each side with the broiler<br/>3) The glaze I used (and basted each side of the fillets with) consisted of simply honey and 1/4 c the original marinade

rebeccamark_12925066 September 02, 2013

AMAZING!!! I don't think there ARE words to describe how tender & delicious this pork was. Made as directed, except I used a tenderloin (grocery store did not have a shoulder/butt at the time). Wow. The water bath was great for keeping the meat moist. Oh, I forgot to cut the tenderloin into strips before marinating so I did it right before cooking, dunked them in the marinade & then put them on the broiler pan. Every ingredient that went into this marinade played a part in creating a well-balanced, subtle yet very flavorful meat. The glaze was excellent also. My family went crazy over this recipe & even picky DD ate it! I served it with Wasabi Mashed Potatoes & Mixed Green Salad With Fresh Peaches, Basil and Chevre. Thank you SO much for sharing this recipe, Icedcacti! It's going into the "definitely make again" file! Made for Fall 2009 Pick A Chef.

**Tinkerbell** September 13, 2009

Loved all the flavor on the meat. I will cook a little less next time but was so good. Served with fried rice. Wish I would have doubled the recipe. Wanted more for leftover to make Chinese buns.

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