Char Siu


1-1/2 lb center-cut pork loin, trimmed
2 tablespoons maltose or honey, dissolved with a little water


1 tablespoon rock sugar
1 tablespoon yellow bean sauce
1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
1 tablespoon fermented red bean curd
1 tablespoon Chinese spirit (Mou Tai) or brandy
1/2 teaspoon roasted sesame oil


  1. Combine the marinade ingredients. Cut the pork into 4 x 8 inch strips, add to the marinade and keep in the fridge for at least 6 hours.
  2. Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  3. Put a baking dish filled with 2-1/2 cups boiling water in the bottom of the oven.
  4. Drain the pork, reserving the marinade. Put an S-shaped meat hook through one end of each strip and hang from the top rack.
  5. Roast for 10-15 minutes, then baste with the marinade. Reduce the heat to 350°F and roast for 8-10 minutes. Cool for 2-3 minutes, then brush with the maltose and lightly brown under a broiler for 4-5 minutes, turning to give a charred look around the edges.
  6. Cut the meat into slices.
  7. Pour 3/4 cup liquid from the baking dish into the marinade. Bring to a boil and cook for 2 minutes. Strain and pour over the pork.

Makes 4 servings.

Source: The Food of China

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