Saturday, November 08, 2008

Home-made Charsiew



A break from Tokyo blogging; here's my first attempt at home-made charsiew. Charsiew is Eddie's favourite food, and he cannot resist ordering a plate all to himself at restaurants, since the rest of us aren't crazy about the dish. I only like gorgeous charsiews like the ones in KL's Tingkat Tongshin, most of those served in Singapore and even London restaurants don't cut it with me.

Anyway, he's been bugging me forever to make charsiew but I just wasn't sure how to. He bought Lee Kum Kee's charsiew sauce and said just use this, will be fine, yep, he's that desperate. Well, yesterday, while grocery-shopping, I saw some pork that looks suitable for charsiew, and bought a small batch. Marinated the pork overnight with charsiew sauce, sugar, fish sauce and wine. My own agak-ration, not from any recipe.

Before it was ready, Eddie said, if this turns out good, then you'll only need to make this for all my meals. That's how much he loves charsiew. Told him it wasn't as easy as just marinating with Lee Kum Kee; cos I still needed to glaze over the grilled pork with a mixture of dark soy sauce, honey, oil and red colouring.

His verdict: Excellent. Sean ate up even though he wasn't happy about it, while Brian loved it. Will be buying more pork to cook this in larger batches. Anything to make my life a little easier.

Recipe here.

22 comments:

Alcovelet said...

Really works? I love char siew too, but am wary of the colouring. We use a mix of dark and light soy sauce and copious amounts for sugar for the marinade. Not the real thing, but the caramelizing of the sugar especially when slightly burnt is so wowzers!

Lilian said...

I think colouring is not necessary if you're uncomfortable with it. Maybe I'll try without colouring next time. But the recipe definitely works, though I wouldn't bother if I were in Singapore, can easily buy from hawker stalls/food centres.

monlim said...

I salute you, Chef Lilian. Can make charsiew!! Hubbies are the worst food critics really, anyone who you can make anything they like, I give them A++++++!!!

Lilian said...

Eddie is the worst food critic, cannot tahan him sometimes; spoilt by his mum's superb Cantonese cooking. Till now, I can't cook many of her dishes, so he's gotta make do with the dishes I like, which are mainly Malay- and Peranakan-influenced. He eats a lot more sambal than when we first met; but Brian is already better than him. Sean is hopeless with spicy food. While I am Chilli Queen, gimme HOT HOT HOT!

monlim said...

Kenneth is the same, only likes Mum's cooking. He didn't even believe his mum uses store-bought marinades like everyone else, until his mum showed him what she used! The same thing I bought that he said wasn't good!!!! Men...

Lilian said...

LOL!! You mean his mum uses store-bought marinades? Btw, he's not peranakan is he?

Domestic Goddess said...

Wow... this is like striking gold! Thanks for the recipe. I gotta give it a try ASAP. It looks so succulent and mouthwatering. My hubby and I loves char siew. Actually I love it more than him, but give him a big juicy piece of meat and I get double doses of kisses, so can't go wrong there. My 4yo is going to adore this too and I can add to his bento! Wahaha! And can be frozen for future. Fantastic!! :D

Lilian said...

You're most welcome DG. I can't believe you'd bother to make this given that you can just pop by at the wet market, I think some stalls sell charsiew. Anyway, good luck, hope yours turns out great, charred and succulent. Oh, choose fatter pork, will be even more shiok :)

monlim said...

Yah lor! He imagined his mum slaving over the mortar and pestle... dashed his illusions man! No, not Peranakan, just a very fussy Hokkien.

Lilian said...

Hee hee...and who was the one who dashed his illusions! Hi-Five!!

Hokkiens also like that ah? I thought it's mostly the Peranakan and Cantonese boys who think the world of their moms' cooking.

monlim said...

I think it's 90% of Singaporean men! All mummy's boys... having said that, I want Andre to be his mummy's boy for a looooong time, haha!!

Lilian said...

Hehe...true-lah. However, I did selflessly tell Brian that in future, he should always place his wife first, not me; otherwise, there'll never be harmony. Who else thinks my future daughters-in-law are darn lucky to have such a magnanimous MIL? hee...say only lah, in my heart...keke...

monlim said...

Wah, really magnanimous! Don't regret ah... Hmmm... maybe I shd nudge Lesley-Anne Brian's way, hahaha!!

Lilian said...

Wah...good match lah, and they can tell people they first met in P1! K2 actually. Better not joke about this, or they're gonna be shy with each other next time they meet!

monlim said...

Actually, I don't know about you, but it feels a little incestuous! Definitely cannot tell L-A, she'll go "EWWWWWW!!" and then next time she sees Brian, blush and hide!!

Lilian said...

I can't even tease Brian about girls, he looks at me and goes, "Mummy...!!!" in a condescending manner, like - grow up, won't you? - I feel like I'm the siao gee na and he's the adult when he does this to me :)

monlim said...

btw, the Ewww was wrt to mummy match-making, not to Brian!

Aiyoh, I don't even dare mention this subject to L-A. Although when she was in p3, she went for a kids gathering at our estate and she said this p6 boy told her "you are so pretty". Kenneth gave me that look, like what? start already? Lucky she felt so uncomfortable she went to tell the che che in charge who embarrassed the poor boy openly. Don't think he'll try that again anytime soon!!

Lilian said...

You didn't need to clear that up; I'm sure L-A would go Ewwww to both the matchmaking and the intended beau!

Aiyoh, that boy so poor thing...must be scarred for life now, won't ever dare approach girls.

monlim said...

Haha! I have no sympathy for him lah, he sprung this on her when they were supposed to be hiding together (playing hide-and-seek), what did he think was going to happen in a dark corner???

Lilian said...

Ewwwwww, TRIPLE Ewwwwww...okay serves him right then...in crude hokkien-speak, he's "chee hong", so he needs that kicked out of his system.

monlim said...

Lucky at that time, L-A still quite oblivious to this kinda thing, came back and told me. If it happened now, don't think I'll get to hear about it.

Lilian said...

I was just thinking about that 3 minutes ago; that it's so good she actually told you guys about it. And in detail too.