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How to Make Chinese Barbecue Pork (Cha Siu)

I was born in Hong Kong, and I came to the U.S. when I was 16 years old. Cha siu is one of my favorite dishes from Hong Kong.

Chinese BBQ Pork (Cha Siu)

Chinese BBQ Pork (Cha Siu)

In Hong Kong, where I was born, cha siu (barbecue pork) is a beloved traditional dish. Today I am going to share the recipe with you, and I hope you will enjoy it.

I like to prepare this recipe on the weekend and make extra for the upcoming week.

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  • 1 1/2 pounds pork roast or pork loin (use half lean meat, not all lean), cut into long thick strips.
  • 3 pieces cut ginger root (optional)
  • 3 stalks green onion or scallion, chopped into long pieces
  • 1 tablespoon cooking wine (optional; it helps to tenderize the meat)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 5 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce (I use Lee Kum Kee brand)
  • 1 tablespoon black bean and garlic sauce (I use Lee Kum Kee brand)
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1/3 teaspoon red food coloring (optional; to make the meat more appealing)


  1. Combine all of the ingredients together in a glass baking dish. Cover with plastic wrap. Marinate for 2 days in the refrigerator. Turn the meat over after 1 day so everything is evenly marinated.
  2. Heat the oven to 300°F. Bake the marinated pork for about 1 hour. I broiled it for a few minutes on each side at the end. Cool it a little before you cut it into pieces. Serve with white rice or noodles.

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