After a night out with the girls which started at home with a bottle “Two Tails Villard Blanc” and ended in the early hours of the morning, I have decided to dedicate this week’s cookbook challenge to my gorgeous husband, who I love dearly. This is the man who answers the call of his drunken wife to “come out and play,” & puts me to bed with panadol and a glass of water at the end of the night. What a man!!
As a measure of my love I have chosen his favourite Chinese dishes to prepare. Hubby loves steamed pork buns but we can only get them when we go to Sydney, so they are a bit of a treat.
Whilst researching on the internet I have discovered these will be a labour of love as the first step to making the steamed buns is preparing Chinese Char Siu Pork. I have to make it from scratch because we can’t buy it here.
After flicking through a stack of recipes I settled on a combination of a few, with a couple of modifications to allow for the fact that I can’t cook the meat over charcoals.
I made double quantity of the recipe given below so we can have the Char Siu Pork as a meal and still have enough BBQ Pork left over to make the bao. So here is the first of my Chinese Banquet in honour of my dear husband.
- 1 kg pork loin cut into large pieces
- 6 clove garlic 1 1/2 tablespoons cooking oil finely chopped
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoon Chinese Shaoxing
- 5 dashes white pepper powder
- 6 drops red coloring optional
- 1 teaspoon five-spice powder
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
Combine all of the char siu sauce ingredients in a sauce pan, heat and stir until blended and becomes slightly thickened and sticky.
Cut pork into about 6 to 8 large peices. Use 2/3 of the sauce to marinade the pork. Add the chopped garlic to the pork, ensure the meat is well covered in marinade and refrigerate overnight.
Put remaining marinade in the fridge in a separate container.
Next day, heat the oven to 160 degree.
Put the pork into an oven bag and cook for 20 minutes.
Check to see if the pork is cooked by slicing the meat.
When the meat is just cooked, remove from the oven bag and drain any juices.
Heat a wok or frying pan with sesame oil and add the cooked pork.
Pour the remaining marinade over the pork and continue to turn until the pork is well coated and the sauce is lovely and sticky.
Serve with rice. Yum.
This was the most delicious dish I have ever cooked. The place smelt like a Chinese Restaurant. The meat was tender and juicy and the sauce was sweet, salty, sticky and mouthwaterly amazing. It is definitely work the effort.
Give it a go and let me know what you think.
Oh, and take a look at these delicious Steamed Pork Buns I made with the left over Chinese Char Sui Pork meat.