Recipe: Chinese Pork Mince Char Siu
Chinese pork char siu is a popular flame grilled pork dish with the meaning of the name ‘char siu’ translating directly into ‘fork burned’. The pork is most often held on a large fork and caramelised over a barbecue fire with a marinade of hoisin sauce, soy, honey, rice wine and five spice (you may have seen various pieces of char sui meat hanging in the windows of Chinese restaurants, normally with a stronger red hue as many chefs add red food colouring to achieve the deep sticky looking colour).
This recipe is a variation on the traditional dish using pork mince rather than loin or belly – purely for maximum flavour and speed. Once you have your ingredients prepped it literally takes minutes to fry. Feel free to add whatever vegetables you like to the dish – broccoli, beans or courgette would all go nicely.
Chinese Pork Mince Char Siu
1 and 1/2 cups long grain rice
1 – 2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2cm knob of ginger, minced
500gm pork mince
1 medium carrot, halved and sliced into thin strips lengthways
1 red pepper, halved and sliced into thin strips lengthways
2 spring onions, halved and sliced into thin strips lengthways
2 birds eye red chilli
40ml hoisin sauce
30ml dark soy sauce
25ml Chinese shaosing wine or sherry
1/2 tsp Chinese 5 Spice Powder
1/2 cup roasted peanuts, chopped
- Cook rice according to packet instructions.
- Mix hoisin sauce, honey, soy, shaosing wine and five spice together, mixing well.
- Heat oil in a frying pan, at garlic and ginger and cook gently for 1 minute. Next add mince meat and cook on a high heat until browned. Remove from pan at set aside.
- Add a little more oil if needed, throw in carrots and peppers and cook on medium – high heat for 1 – 2 minutes. Be careful not to over-cook, vegetables in Chinese cooking should always have bite, rather than soft and cooked all the way through.
- Add meat back to the pan, toss vegetable through and add char siu sauce mixture along with a splash of water to loosen the sauce.
- Cook for 30 seconds then add spring onion, mix through and remove from heat.
- Serve char siu mince on top of rice and garnish with chopped peanuts.
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