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Roasted BBQ Pork Char Siu5 | Sift & Simmer

Homemade Char Siu (Chinese Roasted BBQ Pork)

An easy recipe for homemade Chinese-style roasted BBQ pork using pork tenderloin.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Asian, Chinese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Resting Time 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 35 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 153kcal
Author Michelle | Sift & Simmer


  • 2 lbs pork tenderloin or pork shoulder
  • 6 cloves garlic finely minced
  • ½ teaspoon grated ginger
  • 2 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon hoisin sauce
  • 2 cubes red fermented tofu bean curd + 1 tablespoon sauce optional
  • 2 tablespoon Chinese rose rice wine or use shaoxing wine, or a dry white wine
  • 1 teaspoon 5-spice powder
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoon maltose or substitute honey
  • 1 tablespoon honey for brushing on


Prepare the pork:

  • Clean and trim the pork. If using pork shoulder, cut the pork into long strips about 2" wide.
  • In a large bowl, combine minced garlic, grated ginger, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, red fermented tofu bean curd (and sauce), rose rice wine, 5-spice powder, sesame oil, and maltose (you can use the same amount of honey if you don't have maltose on hand).
  • Add the pork into the marinade and use a spoon to scoop the marinade on top of the meat so that all portions of the meat absorb the marinade.
  • Cover and set aside in the fridge for at least 12-24 hours.
  • Remove the meat from the fridge at least 1-2 hours before roasting/grilling.


  • Heat grill to 400°F.
  • Place meat on the grill.
  • Brush marinade on the meat. Cook for 15 minutes on one side and flip. Continue cooking until the meat reaches an internal temperature of 145°F, approximately another 10 minutes.


  • Preheat oven to 400°F/204°C.
  • Place meat on an aluminium foil-lined baking tray. Brush with the marinade and roast for 20-25 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the meat reaches 145°F.
  • Remove from heat, brush honey on top and let the meat rest for 10-15 minutes before slicing.
  • Serve on top of steamed rice and vegetables.


Calories: 153kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 377mg | Potassium: 484mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg