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homemade char siew

Homemade Char Siu aka Char Siew aka Chinese BBQ Pork

This super easy recipe of Homemade Char Siu is best served with rice or thin noodles. Marinade overnight and pop into the oven and wala! The Char Siew is ready to serve.
4 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
8 hrs
Total Time 8 hrs 50 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 4 persons
Calories 450 kcal


  • 1 kg pork belly

Marinade sauce

  • 3 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 2.5 tbsp manuka honey
  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp Chinese wine Huatiao wine
  • 1 tsp five spice powder
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper


  • Prep the marinade sauce and mix well into a consistent sauce. Set aside a smaller portion of the sauce for basting the meat during cooking.
    homemade char siew marinade sauce
  • Marinate the meat with the marinade sauce evenly, cover up and place in fridge chiller for at least 8 hours.
    homemade char siew marinade
  • Take marinated meat out from fridge one hour before cooking.
  • Pre-heat oven to 200 degree celsius.
  • Place meat spaced out on a baking rack. I'd cover the baking tray with aluminium foil and fill it with about 1 cup of water as the marinade sauce with sip through and burn because of the sugar content.
    homemade char siew ready to bake
  • Bake for 20 mins in the oven. Flip the meat halfway through the bake.
    homemade char siew in oven
  • Baste the meat with the remaining portion of the marinade sauce evenly.
    homemade char siew baked
  • Bake for 10-12 min more. Once done, take it out of the oven and let it rest for about 15 minutes.
    homemade char siew baked
  • Ready to serve!
    homemade char siew


Keyword bbq pork, char siew, chinese, meat dish