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japanese-style char siu

  • Serves: 4
  • Calories: 610 kcal
  • Total Time: 2 h 20 m
    • Prep: 5 m
    • Cook: 2 h 15 m
  • Japanese: Chāsyū
Japanese-Style Char Siu


  • 18 ounces boneless rolled
  • pork loin or belly
  • 1 tablespoon salad oil
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 ounces sugar or honey
  • 1 cup water
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 medium–sized ginger
Step 1

step 1:

If the pork width is less than 2 in., roll it up and bind with some strings which can be used for cooking.

Step 2

step 2:

Heat the salad oil in a frying pan and sear the pork on medium heat until the surface color changes to brown.

Step 3

step 3:

Pour the water into a pot. Add the ginger, garlic, sugar (or honey) and soy sauce. Bring to a boil.

Step 4

step 4:

Add the pork and simmer for 30 minutes on low heat. Turn over and simmer for another 30 minutes. Remove from the heat and leave in the pot for 1 hour.

Step 5

step 5:

Remove the pork and cut into strips.


Serve in a dish. Pour some of the broth from the pan over the pork.


Char siu originated in China. Chinese char siu is roasted, but Japanese-style char siu is simmered. Japanese-style char siu is soft and has a good taste. It is often used as an ingredient in fried rice and as a topping for ramen.

Typical Meals – Ramen