Char Siu (BBQ Pork)

There’s just countless ways you can utilize char siu. Char siu sou (pastry), char siu pineapple buns, char siu rice, char siu noodles… the list goes on. So before you start making all of these different dishes, let me teach you how to master this recipe so you can begin your cooking journey with char siu.

Char Siu (BBQ Pork)

Probably one of the best things to learn how to make when it comes to Asian cuisines.
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 1 hr 10 mins
Resting Time (Overnight) 12 hrs
Total Time 14 hrs 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese


  • Pork shoulder
  • 1 tsp Chinese five spice
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1 tbsp BBQ pork sauce with bean curd paste
  • 4 g sea salt
  • tbsp rice wine
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesane oil
  • Red food dye (add ⅛ tsp at a time until red colour appears)
  • 2 tbsp honey


  • Cut the pork into equal pieces – about 1 inch thick.
  • Mix all other ingredients except for the 2 tbsp of honey into one mixture as the marinade.
  • Reserve 2 tbsp of the marinade in a separate bowl.
  • Coat the pork in the rest of marinade and let it sit in fridge covered overnight.
  • Take the marinated pork out of fridge and onto a wire rack over tinfoil.
  • Cook in oven for 20 minutes at 400°F.
  • Flip the pork and roast for another 20 minutes.
  • Add the 2 tbsp of honey into the 2 tbsp of reserved marinade.
  • After the second 20-minute mark, flip and baste the pork in the reserved marinade and let it roast for another 5 minutes.
  • Do the same thing for the other side until it is charred.
Keyword bbq pork, char siu, pork