Sticky Chinese Char Shiu Recipe

Sticky Chinese Char Shiu Recipe

How To Make Sticky Chinese Char Siu

This simple char siu recipe is a popular way of preparing and making BBQ in Cantonese cuisine. It has a distinct strong savory flavor made the Asian way.

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 45 minutes
Total: 55 minutes



  • cup hoisin sauce
  • cupsoy sauce
  • 2tbspChinese Shaoxing winerice vinegar or a dry sherry can
  • 2tbsphoney
  • 2tbspbrown sugar
  • 1tbspgarlicminced
  • ¾tspred food colouringoptional for that beautiful red colour
  • ½tspChinese five spice powder
  • 6pork bellyor spare ribs
  • 1shallotto garnish

For Additional Glazed (Optional)

  • ¼cuphoisin sauce
  • ¼cupsoy sauce
  • 1tbspChinese wineShaoxing wine or dry sherry
  • 1tbsphoney
  • 2tbspbrown sugar
  • 1tbspgarlicminced
  • ¼tspChinese five spice powder
  • ¼tspred food colouring


  1. Combine hoisin sauce, soy sauce, wine, honey, sugar, garlic, colouring (if using) and spice powder in a shallow bowl. Whisk well to combine.

  2. 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 to 3 hours, or cover and refrigerate overnight for best results.

  3. After marinading, preheat oven to grill or broil settings on medium heat or 350 degrees F. Drain pork and discard the marinade.

  4. 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 or broiling.

  5. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

  6. If you like additional glaze, combine all of the (extra) glaze ingredients into a small saucepan.

  7. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and allow to simmer for about 5 to 8 minutes until the sauce has thickened. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.

  8. Cut pork into thick slices to serve. Serve over steamed rice and/or vegetables with the extra glaze.


  • Calories: 1710.67kcal
  • Fat: 35.34g
  • Saturated Fat: 8.48g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 11.97g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 11.70g
  • Carbohydrates: 270.94g
  • Fiber: 19.63g
  • Sugar: 156.96g
  • Protein: 82.26g
  • Cholesterol: 89.07mg
  • Sodium: 36349.06mg
  • Calcium: 393.62mg
  • Potassium: 3349.04mg
  • Iron: 14.04mg
  • Vitamin A: 3.37µg
  • Vitamin C: 5.96mg
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