I have some strong memories of food from my first trip to Penang (Malaysia) in November 2012. Frau Hallo made sure that I tried every eatable thing. One of the many highlights was char siu (BBQ pork). Since then, one of my all time favourites.

Char siu is one of the easier recipes we tried so far. All you need are some basic ingredients such as pork belly, soy sauce, dark thick soy sauce, oyster sauce, Shaoxing wine, five-spice powder, garlic, sugar, honey and some patience. If you happen to cook Asian food from time to time, the chance is high that you already have the ingredients needed to marinade the pork. We used this recipe from Bee (Rasa Malaysia) as base, but used half amount of sugar and skipped the fermented red bean curd.

<h5>Note the cucumber slices, found on almost every plate in Penang ;-)</h5>

Note the cucumber slices, found on almost every plate in Penang 😉

We had this pork after our visit to Penang hill, near the valley station. It came with steamed rice, sweet chili sauce and cucumber slices. This is one of the best char siu I’ve had, ever!

Char siu marinade | 450 grams of pork (two strips)

  • 4 to 5 cloves of garlic (crushed)

  • 1 TBS of honey

  • 1 TBS of Chinese Shaoxing wine

  • 1 TBS of soy sauce

  • 1 TBS of oyster sauce

  • 1 TBS of dark thick soy sauce

  • 1 TSP of five-spice powder

  • pinch of black pepper

  • 4 TBS of white sugar

Further cooking notes

Keep the pork in the fridge and marinade for about 24 hours. Bring it to room temperature before tossing it on the grill / into the oven.

  • Equipment: Grill / oven

  • Temperature: 200 °C

  • Cooking time: 30 mins (15 mins per side)

<h5>Char siu take away</h5>

Char siu take away

Till next time! Happy cooking.

 Herr Hallo


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