I normally make my char siew by roasting it in the oven, and basking it several times. However, this time round I needed the oven to roast my Siew Yok (Chinese Roasted Pork Belly). So I tried using my HCP to cook my char siew instead.

I have to say I was very please with the result! It meat was nice and moist, the sauce very nicely caramelized, the char siew was very evenly coated with the yummy sauce, and it gave the meat a little smokey charred flavour too! And the best part was it only took about 30 mins to cook it! If you do not have a HCP, you can use any frying pan/wok. You would probably need a longer cooking time.

Char Siew


  • 700 g Pork shoulder butt cut into 1.5 to 2 inch thickness
  • 3 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1 tbsp rose wine/hua tiao jiu
  • 2 tsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp kicap manis or sweet soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp chinese 5 spice powder
  • 3 tbsp water
  • dash of pepper
  • few drops of red food colouring optional
  • Marinade meat in all the ingredients overnight.

  • Heat pan on med-low heat until hot.

  • Place meat in pan together with all the sauce.

  • Let it cook for 5 mins with lid locked.

  • Flip the meat and lock for another 5 mins.

  • Turn meat over again and lower the lid but do not lock. Lower heat to low.

  • Let the sauce reduce, turning the meat a couple of times during the process to coat the meat.

  • Allow the sauce to caramelize and brown a little, or until how you desire.

  • Serve with remaining sauce drizzled over sliced char siew or on the side.





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