Can We Please Make Our Own Char Siu?

May 4, 2011

This is what Ben asked me, all wide-eyed and in a devilishly innocent how could you possibly refuse me? tone last Monday. Char Siu is one of Ben’s most beloved dishes. It reminds him of family meals and late-night snacks with his bff, Brandon. The epitome of comfort food, you could say. How could I refuse?

“Of course we can, gorgeous”, I assured him.


How on earth do I make Char Siu?…

After some googling and tweeting for advice, I stumbled upon this recipe (link here). The sauce sounded great, and I had most of the ingredients on hand, all I needed was to duck out to the shops for some Hoisin Sauce and the pork.

Many recipes use pork belly, but we were after a lean cut of meat, and so we opted for pork eye fillet, which we marinated for 8 hours.

The cut worked perfectly, it was incredibly succulent and adopted a beautiful, plum coating. In our oven, the pork took 45 minutes to cook (turning the fillets halfway through and brushing with honey, as is instructed in the method). I reserved the marinade and whilst the meat was resting, added it to the roasting pan and reduced the sauce down on the stove.

We served our char siu with stirfried bok choy and steamed rice, over which we poured the reduced pan sauce. It was de-li-cious!

Ben and I were in a state of pure happiness over dinner. The flavour balance was perfect, it was just what he and I had wanted. We we felt all warm and fuzzy inside as we delighted in our homemade Char Siu. Craving entirely satisfied, comfort mission accomplished, and snap!… another recipe is added to our favourites list.

Heidi xo
  • Blithely Unaware May 4, 2011 at 9:13 am


    I'm all for trying this recipe out!!!

    Maybe I will surprise Hamish… bahahaha who am I kidding.. I'll ask Hamish to cook it for me ahahahaha

  • Heidi May 4, 2011 at 10:56 am

    hahaha love it, Mez. Next time I'm totally getting Ben to make it for ME. But what with him studying like a maniac and all, I thought I'd be nice and do the cooking 😉 xo

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) May 4, 2011 at 11:50 am

    ok – so this is just weird – Mr BBB and I were only LAST NIGHT talking about how we should make our own char siu. Do you think I could do a GF version?

  • Indie.Tea May 4, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Awww, its so sweet of you to make this for him!
    And it certainly seems like char siu is getting popular in the Western world lately. I'm sure it must be delicious…

  • Hannah May 4, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    You're kind of an awesome lady, I think. Ben's rather lucky 🙂

  • Heidi May 4, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Lisa – really?! How strange! Yes you could certainly make a GF version, it would just require hunting down GF sauces. The Changs Hoisin sauce I used is GF. & you can find GF soy sauces, although I'm not sure whether they do GF light & dark soy.

    Indie.Tea – it is very delicious, and you're right, very popular!

    Hannah – aw how lovely, thanks 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella May 4, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Well done! Mmm I lvoe char siu! Actually I don't allow myself to be alone with it because I can actually eat so much of it it's quite startling! 😛

  • Anna Johnston May 4, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    I'd say another dish added to Anna's 'must cook soon', this sounds absolutely delicious. Thank you for sharing Heidi 🙂

  • Iron Chef Shellie May 4, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    LOVE char siu! never tried making it… perhaps I shall! xx

  • Jazzy E (hivenn) May 4, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    Yes please. x hivenn p.s enter my giveaway?

  • Heidi May 4, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Lorraine – oooh it's easy to do!

    Anna – you're welcome, I hope you like it! I was very pleased with her recipe.

    Michele – yes do! It's yum 🙂

    Jazzy E – nice giveaway!

    Heidi xo

  • Ben May 5, 2011 at 11:02 am

    it was very delicious and i agree – i am very lucky!! i encourage you all to eat/make more char siu!!!

  • The InTolerant Chef May 5, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    I love this and thanks for sharing the recipe! I tend to buy mine by the kilo at a local restaurant- that way I can be lazy but have it whenever I want!

  • Heidi May 5, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    Ben – thanks gorgeous 🙂

    InTolerant Chef – yes I was keen to make some myself rather than always buying, as we normally do. I was pleased to try this recipe and have it turn out so well!

    Heidi xo

  • Kath (My Funny Little Life) May 5, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    Mmmm, this looks wonderful again! 😀 I like lean meat much better than fatty.

  • Heidi May 6, 2011 at 8:47 am

    Kath – yes me too! This cut was perfect xo