Week 44


Chinese BBQ Pork Char Siu

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 bun is Char Siu (Chinese BBQ Pork) which I can’t buy here and will have to be made from scratch.

Chinese BBQ Pork Char Siu-2

Thanks to Rasa Malayasia I found a really a good recipe for Char Siu.  I have made a few modifications to ingredients and method but it is basically straight from this website http://rasamalaysia.com. There are so many other yummy recipes to be found so check it out.

I have made double quantity of the recipe given below so we can have the Char Siu as a meal and then have enough BBQ Pork left over to make the dumplings.  So here is the first of my Chinese Banquet in honour of my dear husband.

I will be updating and adding the “Steamed Pork Buns” once they are made.  I got a bit carried away with this challenge and did a side of Garlic King Prawns to go along with the Chinese theme.

Chinese BBQ Pork


1 kg pork (loin cut into large pieces)
6 clove garlic (finely chopped)
1 1/2 tablespoons cooking oil


Char Siu Sauce

3 tablespoons maltose/ glucose
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.

Char Siu Sauce

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.

Char Siu Sauce-2

Put remaining marinade in the fridge in a separate container.

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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.

Chinese BBQ Pork-2

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.

Chinese BBQ Pork-3

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.

Chinese BBQ Pork-4

Give it a go and let me know what you think.

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Here is the next dish on the menu Garlic King Prawn.  Bon Appetite!

Garlic King Prawn

With the beautiful Spring weather at the moment I was looking for a fresh, healthy but tasty recipe for dinner.  I didn’t feel like salad and I had a bag of home grown peas in the fridge.  I went back to the Rasa Malaysia website to find another Chinese classic.

What I found was a recipe for Choy Sum, or stir fried Asian greens in a white sauce.  It was exactly what I felt like eating, and I promise on a stack of recipe books it took under 5 minutes to make! It is so quick it would take longer to find the number for your local Chinese Restaurant than it does to cook this dish.  The taste is 100% spot on and it would be just as nice with chicken.


1 bunch choy sum or bok choy

1 bunch brocolini

2 cups of snow peas or sugar snap peas

500gm medium-sized green prawn (peeled and de veined)

1 inch ginger (peeled and sliced thinly)

5 cloves garlic chopped finely

2 tablespoons cooking oil

White Sauce:

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon fish sauce or to taste

1 tablespoon sugar

1 tablespoon corn starch

10 tablespoons water

2 teaspoon Shaoxing wine

1/2 teaspoon sesame oil


Prepare all the vegetables, washing and trimming as needed.

Asian Greens

Mix the white sauce ingredients and set aside.

Chinese White Sauce

Heat up a wok and add the cooking oil until hot. Add ginger, and ginger stir-fry until light brown or aromatic. Add green prawn and stir until the prawn is about half cooked. Add vegetables into the wok and stir quickly. Transfer the white sauce mixture into the wok and continue to stir-fry until the sauce thickens.  The vegetables should still be crisp and cooked perfectly, but not overcooked.

Serve with rice immediately.

Garlic King Prawn and rice

Check out this great site for the yummiest Asian recipes Rasa Malaysia