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easy shao rou

Easy Char Siu (Chinese BBQ Pork)

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Juicy pork belly cooked in a sweet and sticky red glaze, my version of Char siu aka BBQ pork is so easy and comes together in half an hour without an oven!

  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x


  • 500g Pork belly, cut into long strips
  • 120g Char siu sauce (I used 1/2 jar of Lee Kum Kee Char Siu sauce)
  • 1 tbsp Dark soy
  • 1 tbsp Granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp Soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp Oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • 1 tsp YumYum, you can purchase it here, or use MSG
  • 1/2 tsp Baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp Red food coloring, powder or liquid
  • Cucumber, to serve
  • Steamed rice, to serve


  1. Place the pork belly in a large bowl
  2. Add the char siu sauce, dark soy, sugar, soy sauce, oyster sauce, honey, YumYum, baking soda and red food coloring to the bowl
  3. Wearing a pair of food-safe gloves, mix the sauces into the pork
  4. Meanwhile, heat a large frypan over low heat
  5. Add the pork to the pan and cook, turning occasionally, for 20 minutes until the sauces have completely absorbed into a sticky coating and the pork has cooked through completely
  6. Make sure you are turning the pork in the sauce to prevent the sauce from burning
  7. Cut up the pork into bite-sized pieces and serve on a bed of warm rice with sliced cucumbers
  • Author: Vincent Yeow Lim
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Pork
  • Method: Easy
  • Cuisine: Chinese


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 728
  • Sugar: 13.3 g
  • Sodium: 811.2 mg
  • Fat: 66.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 20.2 g
  • Protein: 12.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 90 mg