Hawaii Char Siu Pork Recipe

Hawaii Char Siu Roast Pork Recipe

Hawaii Favorite Chinese Char Siu Pork
Hawaii Char Siu Pork

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Hawaii Char Siu Pork Recipe

Aromatic, smoky, savory & a little sweet, Cantonese classic dish Char Siu (Chinese BBQ pork) is one of the tastiest ways to roast pork. Try my easy recipe! I use convenient Char Siu Sauce.


Char Siu known as Chinese BBQ pork, is a type of roasted pork originating from Cantonese cuisine. Traditionally, the marinated pork is skewered with long forks and roasted in an oven or over an open fire. That’s where its Chinese name Char (fork) Siu (roast) comes from.


According to traditional recipes, Méi Tóu Róu is the ideal cut of pork for Char Siu. It refers to boneless pork shoulder (aka pork butt/Boston butt) which comes from the upper part of the shoulder from the front leg of the pig. This part of pork has a small amount of fat so it’s not as lean as pork fillet yet not as fatty as pork belly.
For my recipe, I use pork shoulder steaks which are boneless and thin. It takes less time to cook than chunkier pieces and Char Siu Sauce. Also, I find that the marinade penetrates more easily thus the cooked Char Siu becomes tastier.

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▢2 pork shoulder steaks (aka pork butt)

For the marinade

▢4 tablespoon Char Siu sauce

▢1 tablespoon oyster sauce

▢½ tablespoon light soy sauce

▢¼ teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder

▢4 cloves garlic, finely sliced

▢5 slices ginger

▢½ teaspoon chili powder

optional You also need

▢2 teaspoon honey

INSTRUCTIONS Marinate the meat

Put pork steaks in a resealable plastic bag. Add all the ingredients for the marinade Char Siu Sauce. Squeeze out air then seal the bag. Rub around for an even coating. Store in the fridge for at least 6 hours (ideally overnight).Take the Char Siu Pork meat out of the bag right before roasting. Keep the marinade for later use.

Prepare for roasting

Preheat the oven at 425°F/220°C/Fan 200°C.If using a baking tray with a wire rack that fits inside, fill the tray with hot water (lower than the rack) and put the Char Siu Pork steak on the rack. Place the tray in the middle of the oven. Alternatively, place a large tray with hot water at the bottom of the oven. Then place the Char Siu Pork steak on the middle rack of the oven.

Roast & brush

Roast the Char Siu Pork for 15 mins. Take out and flip it over. Brush some marinade then put back into the oven (Make sure there is always enough water in the tray).Cook for a further 10 mins. While waiting, mix 2 teaspoons of honey with 2 teaspoons of the marinade. Then increase the oven temperature to 460°F/240°C/Fan 220°C. Take out the Char Siu Pork meat. Brush with the honey mixture. Put back into the oven for 5 mins. Then brush the other side with the honey mixture. Roast for a final 3 mins.

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