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Char Siu Pork Recipe

(Chinese Barbequed Pork) with stir fried noodles

Char Siu Pork Recipe

You've probably seen Char Siu or Chinese barbequed pork at all you can eat Chinese buffet restaurants or in special fried rice (the red in Char Siu is unmistakable). "Char siu" literally means "fork burn/roast" after the traditional cooking method for the dish: long strips of seasoned boneless pork are skewered with long forks and placed in a covered oven or over a fire. This Char Siu Recipe is a great for using up leftover roast pork, you can serve with noodles like I have or serve with rice or even on a bun (Char Siu Baau).


  • Cooked pork cut into small pieces
  • Spring Onions - Derooted and chopped
  • Mushrooms
  • Mixed vegetables
  • A few Dried Lime Leaves
  • A stick of Dried lemon grass
  • Olive oil
  • Toasted Sesmame oil
  • Egg Noodles

Rub ingredients:

  • 1 cup of soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp of hoisin sauce
  • 2 tsp chinese 5 spice
  • 1 Tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp finely ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp white sugar
  • 1 tsp red food colouring
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp rice wine - or sherry
  • 1 tsp fresh grated ginger


Instructions Mix marinade ingredients in a small jug - When adding honey melt by placing jug in a bowl of boiling water and stir until fully mixed.

Char Siu Marinade

Make sure your cooked pork is cut into small bite sized pieces before adding the marinade (Trust me it's much easier than trying to do it afterwards) my advice is don't wear anything white while making this recipe... you'll never get that red food colouring out.


Slowly pour the marinade over the pork pieces and continually spoon over until nicely coated - cover and place in the fridge for about 4 hours to let the marinade soak into the meat. mix occasionally to get an even coating while marinating.

Char Siu Pork Marinading

Once ready to cook add the lime leaves and lemon grass to a cup of hot water to rehydrate. If you can get fresh lemon grass this will taste much better and will save lots of time. Add a little olive oil to a deep sided pan (or a wok if it's not in the dishwasher) and add lemon grass and lime leaves to brown - If you've gone for the dried ones and rehydrated them in water be careful, at this point they'll spit hot oil all over the place.

Lime Leaves and Lemon Grass

Chop your spring onions and mushrooms.

Chop Spring Onions

Add to the pan along with a little toasted sesame nut oil, I mean a little as this stuff can easily over power with it's nutty flavour - I use a tiny spash of this mixed with a good slosh of good olive oil and i find this works well.

Olive oil and Seasame oil

Add the chopped mushrooms and spring onions to the pan.

add mushrooms and onions to the pan

Cook until browned. At this point stick your noodles in a pan of hot water from the kettle and place on the hob, add a good slosh of dark soy sauce to add a little flavour.

Brown mushrooms

Get your meat and slowly add to the pan, a little of the sauce is a good thing but not too much, as your mushrooms will end up red which you don't want.

add meat to wok

Give your noodles a stir, heat the meat in the pan until the excess sauce boils down to a sticky mixture, make sure you coat the meat in this sticky mixture before it boils away completely - this is where all the flavour is, as the sugar and honey caramalise their flavours will mix with the salty tang of the soy sauce and five spice.

Char Siu Pork meat

You want the edges of your pork to start turning black - this isn't burnt, this is all that sticky flavour - although if all your pork goes black, this is probably burnt - if it starts to smoke turn down the heat. Add your mixed vegetables - fresh is always better but if like me you've run out but you have a bag of frozen mixed veg in the freezer these will do, heat through stiring to coat in any left over flavour from the marinade.

Cook Char Siu until warmed through

Your noodles should take about 4 minutes from boiling so they should be ready now, drain the noodles and add to a serving bowl, stack the pork on top and edge with the mixed vegetables. Take the lemon grass and lime leaves out before serving.

Char Siu Pork with Stirfried Vegetables


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