Caramelized Char Siew
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Recipe type: Meat
Cuisine: Chinese
Serves: serves 4
  • 2 x 3-inch wide pork collar / pork belly (approx 450 g) – I’m using pork collar
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 2 tbsp honey / maltose
  • Char Siew Sauce:
  • ½ tsp five-spice powder
  • 2 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1 tbsp Shaoxing wine
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp white pepper powder
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 cup (250 ml) water
  1. In a medium bowl, mix together all the ingredients for the sauce.
  2. In a large deep pan, heat 2 tbsp oil over medium high heat and add in pork.
  3. Brown each side for 2 -3 mins. If the oil is splattering too much, cover with a lid.
  4. Pour in the sauce, give it a mix to coat the pork and cover.
  5. Simmer over medium low heat for 45 mins until the pork is tender. Turn the pork every 10 mins.
  6. Remove most of the braising liquid, leaving about 2 tbsp in the pan.
  7. Drizzle honey over the pork and turn up heat to high.
  8. Flip the pork in the pan until the exterior is caramelized and slightly charred.
  9. Allow to cool for 10 mins before slicing.
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