In Malaysia, we are lucky enough to have easy access to char siu everywhere but i’m still thinking the best char siu is when you make at home. Because, when you eat char siu while it is hot or warm the texture will be softer.

Normally, outside stalls would hang the meat infront of the stall and air dried it, as a result the Char Siu was dried and harden.

Char siu is normally serve with rice or noodle. So, i did have a cheat version and the long version recipe. Both taste delicious.

On the normal work day, i will have to go for the cheat version which is using Lee Kum Kee char siu sauce. But, if i do not have the ready made sauce, alternatively, i would just make my own char siu sauce.

I’m going to stop bubbling now and let’s you guys try the recipe.

Happy cooking!

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Air Fry Char Siu ( Chinese Roast Pork)

Serve : 5-6 Person

Ingredients :
Sesame Seed, Optional

Marinate :
1.30kg Pork Belly ( removed skin)
3 tbsp Lee Kum Kee Char siu sauce
( alternatively you can make your own char siu sauce)

Char siu sauce:
3 tbsp Lee Kum Kee Char siu sauce
5 tbsp water
1. Cut Pork Belly into 4-5 smaller pieces.Rinse and pat dry.
2. Marinate with 3 tablespoon char siu sauce.
3. Marinate for 24 hours to 36 hours in a fridge.
4. 1 hour before air fry, remove from fridge.
5. Balance marinate sauce put in a bowl. Brush in between roasting.
6. Pre-heat Air fryer 200c for 5 mins
7. Transfer Pork Belly to Air fryer’s basket.
8. Roast 200c for 10 mins.
9. Brush Pork Belly with marinate sauce.
10.Continue roast 160c for 10-15mins.
11. Remove from basket and let it slightly cool on the rack.
12. Take 3 tbsp Lee Kum Kee Char siu sauce and
5 tbsp water heat up in a pan. Let it come to bubble.
13. Drizzle on top of sliced char siu and serve with sesame seed.


Tip :
1. I did air fried in 2 batches, avoid too crowd.
Homemade Char Siu Sauce (alternative way)
• ⅓ cup Hoisin sauce
• ⅓ cup sugar
• 2 tablespoons Shaoxing cooking wine
• 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
• ½ teaspoon 5-spice powder
• 1 ½ tablespoons maltose (or honey)
• 1 drop of red coloring, optional
** For 1.3kg pork belly