Char Siu Pork Recipe

Char Siu Pork—a culinary masterpiece that embodies the sweet and savory symphony of Chinese barbecue. Picture succulent pork slices marinated in a luscious blend of hoisin sauce, soy sauce, and aromatic Chinese five-spice, then roasted to perfection.


  • 1 lb pork shoulder or pork belly, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese five-spice powder
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons Shaoxing wine (optional)
  • Bamboo skewers, soaked in water


  1. Prepare the Marinade:
    1. In a bowl, combine hoisin sauce, soy sauce, oyster sauce, honey, Chinese five-spice powder, sesame oil, minced garlic, and Shaoxing wine (if using).
  2. Marinate the Pork:
    1. Place the thinly sliced pork in a shallow dish or resealable bag. Pour the marinade over the pork, ensuring each slice is well-coated. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight for maximum flavor.
  3. Skewer the Pork:
    1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Thread the marinated pork slices onto soaked bamboo skewers, ensuring they are evenly spaced.
  4. Roast to Perfection:
    1. Place the skewers on a baking sheet lined with foil. Roast in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until the pork is caramelized and cooked through. You can also grill the skewers for an authentic barbecue flavor.
  5. Serve and Enjoy:
    1. Serve the Char Siu Pork skewers hot, relishing the sweet and savory goodness of Cantonese barbecue. Pair with steamed rice or enjoy on its own for a taste of authentic Chinese culinary excellence.

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