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Marinated Chinese Pork Loin

Marinated Chinese Pork Loin

Chinese Char Siu

This marinated Chinese pork loin recipe is commonly known as ‘Char Siu’ in China. Traditionally this is a dish that is marinated and cooked in BBQ style.

However, in this recipe, we have cooked it in the oven. But I am sure it would be great on the BBQ – we will try that next time.

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The meat of the pig

Pork meat is a delicious ingredient in many meals all over the world. There are so many different types of cuts: pork chops, bacon, ham, gammon, pork tenderloin, pork belly, pulled pork, pork shoulder, ribs….the list goes on.

A good pork roast recipe with crispy pork crackling really cannot be beaten.

In some religions, however, the pig is considered unclean and it is forbidden to eat the flesh of this animal.

At the risk of upsetting some people, fortunately, we do not subscribe to this. Can you imagine a Full Irish breakfast without sausages or bacon!?!!

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Marinated Chinese Pork Loin

Chinese BBQ Pork

Pork is a common ingredient in Chinese food. I have eaten this food in China and it is really very good.

This recipe is a typical Chinese recipe. The pork is marinated for a while and then cooked over the coals (indirectly).

Original recipes may include red bean curd to give a nice red colouring. We cannot easily get that ingredient here though.

So if you want to make it a traditional reddish colour you can always add red food colouring to the pork tenderloin marinade.

I have not done that here as it does not add to the flavour of the meal and I wanted to try it without, to see what it would look like.

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On Wikipedia, there is presently a discussion ongoing about the real translation and definition of this barbequed dish, Char Siu or Char Siew, but I will stay out of this as I am in no way an expert on this subject.

Anyhow, I hope you enjoy this method and try it at home. 

If you do try to make this, please let me know how you get on in the comments section below!

How to make Chinese Pork

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honey mustard brown sugar glaze

Brown Sugar Glazed Pork Loin

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

This glazed pork loin has a lovely sweet and savoury taste and adds some great variation to the taste of the meat.


  • 500g pork loin steak
  • 20g honey
  • 20g brown sugar
  • 10g soy sauce
  • 20g Dijon Mustard
  • Salt and Pepper


  1. Mix all the ingredients except the pork loin in a bowl.
  2. Before cooking, pre-heat the oven to 190C.
  3. Season the meat with salt and pepper to taste. Then baste the pork loin well on all sides with the glaze mix before placing on a baking tray covered in tin foil.
  4. Cook in the oven for 20 minutes at 190C. Then turn the pork and baste again and put back in the oven. Repeat this process, re-basting every 20 minutes, until the pork is fully cooked. About 50-60 minutes for that size of pork loin.
  5. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes before carving.


Slice the pork into pieces before serving.

Serve with some nice new potatoes and veg.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 279Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 100mgSodium: 395mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 0gSugar: 9gProtein: 33g

This nutrition information was automatically calculated by Nutritionix, but may not be 100% accurate.

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And some ideas for food to accompany pork loin:
Chinese Fried Rice Recipe
Piri Piri Rice Recipe - with marinated spicy chicken and vegetables
Takeout Style Sesame Noodles
Sweet and Sour Chicken Balls
Crispy Mongolian Beef
Spicy Cashew Chicken
Stir-Fried Pak Choi

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