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Sticky Chinese BBQ Pork Belly Ribs (Char Siu)

Char Siu (or Chinese BBQ pork), is one of the most popular Chinese or Cantonese foods and one of the most ordered dishes in restaurants. With simple ingredients you may have in your kitchen cupboards, this Char Siu recipe is a breeze!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Chinese
Servings: 6 people
Author: Karina

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Chinese Shaoxing wine (rice vinegar or a dry sherry can be used instead)
  • 2 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 3/4 teaspoon red food colouring (optional for that beautiful red colour)
  • 1 ⁄2 teaspoon Chinese five spice powder
  • 6 pork belly/spare ribs
  • 1 shallot , to garnish

Additional Glaze (Optional):

  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese wine (Shaoxing -- or dry sherry)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon Chinese five spice powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red food colouring

Instructions

  • Combine hoisin sauce, soy sauce, wine, honey, sugar, garlic, colouring (if using) and spice powder in a shallow bowl. Whisk well to combine. Pour half of the sauce into a jug and reserve for later. Add the pork into the bowl with the remaining sauce. Rotate to cover completely and marinate in the refrigerator for 1-3 hours, or cover and refrigerate overnight for best results.
  • After marinading, preheat oven to grill/broil settings on medium heat (176°C | 350°F). Drain pork and discard the marinade. Line a baking pan with baking/parchment paper or aluminium foil. Place pork onto pan and grill/broil for 30 minutes on one side, basting two or three times with the reserved marinade. Rotate with tongs and baste again with the marinade twice again while grilling/broiling.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  • If you like additional glaze, combine all of the (extra) glaze ingredients into a small saucepan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and allow to simmer for about 5-8 minutes until the sauce has thickened (keep your eye on it as it can burn easily if the heat is too high). Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
  • Cut pork into thick slices to serve. Serve over steamed rice and/or vegetables with the extra glaze.