Char siu pork belly

A sweet and savory roasted pork, char siu is probably the most popular roasted meat preparation in Cantonese cuisine.

Preparation time
less than 30 mins

Cooking time
over 2 hours

Serves
Serves 4

By Matt Tebbutt
From Saturday Kitchen

Ingredients

For the pork belly

  • 200ml/7fl oz soy sauce
  • 100ml/3½fl oz hoisin sauce
  • 100ml/3½fl oz mirin
  • 4 tbsp Chinese black vinegar
  • 1 tsp Chinese five-spice powder
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 4 tbsp chilli bean paste
  • 3 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 8 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tbsp crushed ginger
  • 2 star anise
  • 500g/1lb 2oz pork belly
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil, for frying

For the greens

  • 1 head bok choi, leaves separated
  • 6 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tsp cornflour
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil, for frying
  • ¼ tsp ground white pepper

To serve

  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds, toasted
  • steamed rice
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