Char Siu is pork that is marinated in a sweet spicy red sauce, and then cooked while basting with the marinade until crispy on the outside. When the pork is cooked sous-vide, the result is even more spectacular because of the nice contrast between the tender and juicy meat and the crispy exterior.
This is a really easy recipe with only two ingredients if you use store-bought char siu marinade. I can hear you all gasping. Stefan using store-bought marinade?
Usually I make everything from scratch, but since I can’t get all of the ingredients that are needed for this marinade, and the store-bought version only contains natural ingredients, I decided to use the store-bought version and it turned out great. Most of the recipes I’ve seen for homemade char siu marinade contain store-bought hoi sin, so they are in fact not homemade at all. And this particular brand of char siu marinade tasted great. Here’s what I did…
400 grams (.9) pork neck or pork shoulder
200 grams (1/2 jar) char siu sauce
1 Tbsp corn starch
This pairs well with a dry but full-bodied Gewurztraminer, especially from Alto Adige in Italy.
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