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Chinese BBQ Pork (Char Siu)

Prep Time 4 hrs
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Chinese, Thai
Servings 2 people


  • 600 g Pork Tenderloin
  • 2 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 2 Star Anise
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic minced
  • 1/4 tsp White Pepper Powder
  • 4 Tbsp Sugar
  • 3 Tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 2 Tbsp Oyster Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Light Soy Sauce
  • 1 1/2 Salt


  • In a large bowl, mix together cinnamon sticks, star anise, garlic, white pepper powder, sugar, tomato paste, oyster sauce, light soy sauce and salt
  • (Optional) Add red food colouring or red yeast rice powder or beetroot powder. Add small amounts at a time until the desired shade of red is achieved
  • Using a fork poke holes all over the pork tenderloin
  • Cut the pork tenderloin into portions and add the pork into the sauce mixture from above. Coat all the pieces evenly
  • Cover and place in the fridge for atleast 4 hours.
  • Add the pork pieces to a pot. High heat
  • Add the marinade to the pot and just enough water to come up half way to the pork pieces
  • Bring to boil
  • Flip the pork pieces, Turn heat down and simmer
  • Ocasionally flip the pork pieces over to get even colouring
  • Cook until the sauce is thick and surypy. Take off the heat.
  • Place the pork pieces on a wire rack
  • Grill for 15-20 minutes until the edges are lightly charred
  • Cut and serve


Keyword BBQ, Chinese, Pork