This recipe is a must make this week! If you have ever been to a dim sum restaurant, BBQ pork buns are a staple. You can use this recipe in buns, top noodle dishes with it, or eat it on its own! I know this recipe might scare people with the time and effort, however, it is actually very straight forward to make, and it is definitely worth it.
Here, I am showing you all how my family makes the BBQ pork. We usually make our own Chinese barbeque sauce, however there are tons at the Asian Market, and other locations that carry pre made versions. Here is one from Lee Kum Kee that is super delicious. However, I do advise you look at the ingredients label because these pre bottled sauces contain a ton of sugar. That is why I always prefer to make the sauce at home!
Key ingredients for Chinese BBQ pork
- Fermented bean curd
- Don’t be frightened by this ingredients. It is a type of preserved tofu that takes on the flavor of soy sauce. This ingredients really takes the marinade to the next level however, if you do not have this use some more soy sauce! I usually use this one, and it’s pretty easy to find!
- Soy sauce
- This is the main ingredient in the BBQ pork! You can also add some dark soy sauce for a deeper color.
- Oyster Sauce
- This makes any Chinese sauce so much better. It adds a layer of umami and savoriness.
- Do not skip on this ingredient. It helps balance the saltiness from the soy sauce and bean curd! You only need a teaspoon, so a little will go a long way!
- Pork Shoulder
- I definitely recommend a fattier cut of pork, either pork shoulder or pork butt works great. I haven’t tried it with pork tenderloin, but I’m guessing it won’t be as juicy.
Chinese BBQ Pork (Char Siu Pork)
- 20 oz pork shoulder
- 1 tbsp fermented bean curd
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- 1 tbs oyster sauce
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 tsp sugar
- First, start by cutting your pork shoulder into 4 oz chunks.
- The make the sauce by combining the fermented bean curd, soy sauce, oyster sauce, salt and sugar.
- Layer the pork shoulder in a baking dish and lather the sauce over it. Makes sure every piece of pork is covered in sauce.
- Cover the baking dish with some foil and bake at 375F for 40 minutes.
- Once the pork is done baking, remove the foil and broil on high for 5 minutes.
- Allow for the pork to cool, then cut it up into small pieces and enjoy!