Char Siu (Cantonese roast/BBQ pork)

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Ready In: 55 mins
Serves: 4
Photo: Char Siu (Cantonese roast/BBQ pork)

If you love Cantonese food, you’re probably familiar with this dish. 叉烧肉, which literally translates to “fork roast meat”, is such a signature dish you’ll see in every Cantonese restaurant. It’s rich, savory, sweet and very tasty. It’s also easier to make at home than you’d think. Note: Prep time doesn’t include 24/48-hours for marinading.


  • 500 g pork shoulder or butt
  • 2 tbsp Hoisin sauce
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp Chinese cooking sherry/wine
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp five spice powder
  • 3 cloves garlic


  1. In a large bowl, add Hoisin sauce, brown sugar, soy sauce, five spice powder, Chinese cooking sherry and minced garlic -- mix well. Rub the pork with the mixture, and marinade in refrigerator over night (two nights is better).
  2. Preheat the oven to 325 ºF (163 ºC).
  3. Add about 2 cm water to a shallow roasting pan on the bottom of the oven. Brush the marinaded meat with 1 tbsp honey.
  4. Place the meat on a rack above roasting pan, roast about 45 minutes. Half-way through cooking time, flip meat and brush the other side with 1 tbsp of honey.
  5. When done, the pork will be blacken and crisp outside. Remove it from oven and let it rest about 5-10 minutes.
  6. Cut it into thin slices, serve it on top of rice or noodles.


  • Pork shoulder or butt can be substituted with pork belly if you prefer a tenderer and richer taste.

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