Char Sui recipe

Preparation Time: 12 hours | Cooking Time: 1 hours

Char sui is the Chinese version of BBQ pork - succulent, tender and sweet yet savoury all at the same time. Serve with chow mein or stir fried rice.


  • 675g pork shoulder, boned
  • 4 tbsp. dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. Chinese rice wine
  • 2 tsp. red bean curd
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1/2 one star anise, crushed
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp. crushed ginger


  1. Mince the garlic cloves. Combine the brown sugar, soy sauce, rice wine, red bean curd, sesame oil, star anise, garlic cloves and ginger in a bowl. Stir well. Pour over the pork shoulder in a glass bowl. Rub the marinade into the meat. Cover and leave in the fridge overnight.

  2. Preheat the oven to 140C. Let the pork come up to room temperature. Bake for 30 minutes in a deep baking tin, then turn over. Turn the heat up to 200C and bake for another 25 minutes or until the juices run clear. Leave to rest under foil for 10 minutes before slicing thinly.

You can enjoy the pork warm or cold - it's tasty in thick sandwiches the next day or you can enjoy it warmed through in a stir fry. Recipe serves 4.

Recipe Details:

  • Author: Laura Young.
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