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Char Siu Pork – Chinese Barbecue, Restaurant-style

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This Char Siu Pork- Chinese Barbecued Pork. restaurant-style will be perfect for our Chinese New Year dinner in almost a week from now. The feasting has started at our home, because after all, the Lunar New Year celebration lasts 15 days according to my Asian cookbook author friends.
Have you ever enjoyed those shiny, sweet slices of Chinese Barbecued Pork from restaurants ? Did you ever dream of cooking this dish with its crisp crunchy roast pieces that transformed into sugary succulence once you bit into it? Well, I did and I’m going to share it with you thanks to a recipe from cookbook author Diana Kuan.

I had just bought a slab of pork belly from the Asian grocery, the perfect cut for this type of hearty meal. Filipinos call this pork cut liempo (say ‘lee-yem-poh’), also a favorite for making ‘lechon sa hurno’, oven roasted crisp pork belly.  The recipe from Diana’s cookbook called for basic ingredients I had in my Asian pantry. Plus I knew that the sweet, salty flavors of the Chinese Roast Pork would go well with the rest of my Lunar New Year table fare – steamed dumplings, Filipino ‘pancit’ noodles and steamed fish.

I mixed the marinade, poured it on the pork slab and refrigerated it for flavors to set. Then at the right time, I roasted the whole chunk in the oven. By the time the oven timer buzzed, we could smell the lilting aromas of the soy sauce, rice wine, hoisin sauce all combined.

On this Chinese Lunar New Year, I wish you my dear readers and friends a bounty of good wishes, good fortune, prosperity and happiness.

And if you want to greet your Asian friends a Happy New Year in Chinese here’s what you can say: Gong Xi Fa Cai (Mandarin) and Gong Hey Fat Choy (Cantonese).

Char Siu Pork - Chinese Barbecue, Restaurant-style

If you have enjoyed Char Siu Pork - Chinese Barbecue, those slices of rich, honey-sweetened and salty pork belly from Asian restaurants but always wondered how to do it, then you’re in for a treat. Now you can cook it right in your own home for the Chinese Lunar New Year. This is a great meal the family. Serve it with fragrant jasmine rice, steamed dumplings, a 'pancit' noodle dish or egg noodles for Chinese New Year entrees that celebrate good luck and prosperity. This recipe was inspired by The Chinese Take Out Cookbook by Diana Kuan (Ballantine Books NYC). Makes 4 servings.
Prep Time2 hours
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time2 hours 45 minutes
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Asian, Chinese, Filipino
Keyword: Char siu Pork Barbecue
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 296kcal
Author: Asian in America


  • Roasting pan: 9 x 13 inches


  • 1 pound pork belly or pork shoulder
  • 2 Tablespoons Chinese rice wine
  • 2 Tablespoons dark soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic peeled, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon hoisin sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon five-spice powder
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 8 ounces fresh Chinese egg noodles for serving
  • boiled rice for srving
  • 1 stalk scallion greens sliced, for garnish


  • In a small mixing bowl: Combine the rice wine, soy sauce, sugar, garlic, hoisin sauce and five-spice powder. Blend well.
  • Marinate the whole slab of pork belly, piercing the meaty parts for the mixture to penetrate. Cover and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours. 
  • Preheat the oven at 325 F.
  • Take the marinated pork out of the refrigerator. Place the entire slab of pork in a greased roasting pan, about 9 x 13 inches. 
  • Brush the top with a tablespoon of honey. Roast for 40 to 45 minutes. Turn the pork around and roast the other side with the remaining tablespoon of honey.
  • After 1 to 2 minutes, remove pork from the oven. Slice and plate on a platter. Serve with boiled Chinese noodles or rice. Garnish with sliced scallions.
  • Cook's comments:  I double the amount of the marinade, boil it for 1 minute in a small stockpot and serve it as a dipping sauce on the side. 
  • Note:  This was inspired by a previously published blog post. I have cooked and updated the recipe with new photos and my personal take on this delightful entree.      
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Serving: 1g | Calories: 296kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 77mg | Sodium: 468mg | Potassium: 74mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 43g | Vitamin A: 145IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 2mg

Notes on Nutrition: The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and specific brands of ingredients used.

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