Char Siu is also known as Barbequed pork in China. I had a few requests in the Chinese Buffet at Home article for the red chicken skewers from the Chinese buffet. Luckily someone pointed me in the right direction and this is very close, the color is spot on. It turns out the redness of the meat comes from red food coloring but this is totally optional. This dish I believe is typically roasted but I decided to put the pork on skewers and grill them instead. If you want you could just leave the pork lions whole, marinate and roast them in the oven. This recipe will also work with boneless skinless chicken thighs or breasts. Enjoy.
3 lbs lean pork loin (cut into strips)
2 teaspoons soy sauce
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon powdered ginger
¼ cup hoisin sauce
¼ cup ketchup
¼ cup honey
1 tablespoon rice wine (or sherry)
1 teaspoon red food coloring (optional)
Step 1: Cut pork loin into long strips. In a large bowl combine soy sauce, garlic powder, ginger, hoisin, ketchup, honey, rice wine and food coloring. Place pork into bowl, cover and marinate overnight in the refrigerator.
Step 2: Soak skewers in cold water. Slide pork strips onto each skewer.
Step 3: Grill until pork is fully cooked.
(Makes 5 Servings)