Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Palm Sugar Char Siew


One of the simplest method to make your own char siew. Now what attracted me is that it uses palm sugar or gula melaka to make this char siew. What surprises me then is the outcome of this char siew actually taste better than what i was expecting, well of course this is not the best char siew i've ever tasted but to call this homemade, i'm truly truly pleased. The taste of the palm sugar in this char siew is not heavy and i think some of us cant even tell that it uses palm sugar in here. I used to use the ready made char siew sauce and maltose for my previous home made char siew and to me, i like this palm sugar version even more. You dont need to bake this in the oven, you will just need half an hour cooking time in the stove and you will get this aromatic tasty homemade char siew.

Ingredients: ( from Yum Yum lastest issue)
1 tbsp oil
1/2 tbsp chopped garlic
350gms pork belly

Seasoning:
2 tbsp light soya sauce
25gm gula melaka/palm sugar
250ml water

Method:
1. Heat up oil and saute chopped garlic until aromatic. Add pork belly and stir well.
2. Add seasoning and bring to boil. Lower the heat and cook until very thick. ( This process will take around 1/2 hour , make sure the gravy is really thick, i cooked till the gravy is left with probably 3 tbsps in the wok). Remove from heat and leave to cool. Cut into pieces and serve.

I'm also sharing this with Muhibbah Malaysian Monday event hosted by 3 hungry tummies

43 comments:

  1. whoah no baking? it looks easy to make too. my kind of cooking! i've not made char siew ever, i'll give this a try, hopefully soon! :)

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  2. Oh yes! Thanks for this recipe lena! I have been looking for a hassle free and tasty char siew recipe for awhile now. Okay, will definitely give it a try...btw, I almost reached into the screen to grab a piece just now, lol!

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  3. actually I dun like the char siew sauce from the can.
    Home made stove top char siew taste much better.

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  4. Oh my! Your char siew looks delicious! And so simple and easy too! Now there's no excuse not to make some homecooked char siew! Thanks for sharing, Lena!

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  5. Lena, I love the grossy look of your char siew. Aiyo...salivating already. haha... Probably, in future we have a pork party at Cheah's house. haha... She's probably pengsan. lol!
    Have a lovely day.
    Kristy

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  6. wow..what else do you NOT know how to make, Lena? :p

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  7. After I came back from a tri pto China, I fell in love with char siew..but its really hard to find at restaurants here. I am so pleased to learn that I can make it myself! Your pictures look DELICIOUS.

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  8. this is seriously addictive! home made char siew are the best!

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  9. I really like the sound of this - bookmarked. Diane

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  10. my goodness! this has a shine to it. I wish i can take a bite of that now!

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  11. Look so nice! Must be very Yummy!

    Papacheong
    http://home-cook-dishes-for-family.blogspot.com/

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  12. Thanks, Lena for sharing this recipe. I think it's simple for me to handle, want to try this. I love Char Siew but don't like buying from outside because of the artificial colouring they are using. Home-made one is the best!

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  13. Thanks Lena, for the recipe and your warm regards about my anak!^

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  14. Looks really nice and caramelised. I like the fact that there's no coloring too 

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  15. OMG Lena! This looks so good! You should see me gulping down my saliva as I stare at the photo!

    How does the taste differ from our usual cantonese char siew? I'm sure its very fragrant with gula melaka!

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  16. I just enjoyed reading one more interesting way of making char siu, using palm sugar than maltose is new to me.

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  17. Wonder how it'll taste with palm sugar. Must be very aromatic.

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  18. Oh, I love, love, charsiu....:)!! This sounds like a great version of charsiu :)!

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  19. Your recipe sounds easy and delicious. Congratulations on being able to make this at home. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  20. Lena, your char siew looks delicious, shiny and perfect. Like the idea of palm sugar.
    Have a wonderful week :-)

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  21. This looks so quick and easy... Oh, and delicious!! :)

    Sues

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  22. Mmmm, palm sugar gave the char siew extra rich taste....yum yum!

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  23. Salam kunjungan... teruskan berbloging.. senang2 singgah la ke blog saya ;)

    http://www.zuwairiaiman.com

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  24. Hi Lena, I'll post my souffle on Friday, hope you like it!^^

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  25. oh man...this is so delicious. makes me drool. i must try this out very soon :)

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  26. Hi Lena,
    Very nice char siew, simple & easy will try one day, thanks for sharing.

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  27. Hopefully i could give it a try one day too. BTW,do i need to cover the wok during boiling the meat? or have to keep on stiring the seasoning with the meat?

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  28. dear friends, appreciate all of your comments and thanks for the always nice words!

    kristy: we'll stand by for you!! quick make a trip here!

    claire: there are lots more that i dont know how to make and you hv never seen the failed ones..!

    alan: i dont think there's really much difference except that i find that this sauce is real tasty!

    zuwairi: helo, akan singgah ke blog zuwairi tak lama lagi ya!

    alicelaw: i'll be looking out for that!

    wai kitt: out on low heat and cover the wok, you can stir once or twice during that 1/2 hr process.

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  29. 10:20pm on a Wednesday night and you're making me crave char siu, char siu, oh for some sweet tender char siu! :P

    Oh well. Mug of hot Milo it's gotta be, then. :P

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  30. kenny: milo is good for you and your tummy, you need to trim off the excess fats from your tummy!

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  31. Love char siew would always 'replace' chicken meat with char siew when ordering my curry mee noodles. Wow you made it look so easy to make homemade char siew. tQ.

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  32. Hi Lena, my weakness is this char siew! As well siew yoke! Yours looks sinfully delicious!
    Gosh, the pic is so clear, like 3D.
    I can practically put chopsticks and grab a couple, ha ha.
    Have a nice day.
    Lee.

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  33. I have a piece of pork belly in the fridge, can try this:D Looks so delicious!

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  34. Lena..I must try making this...looks good :)

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  35. This looks so good, I could eat a bowl full of steamed rice with it! We always call it barbecued pork over here and never thought of making it with palm sugar. Got to try this recipe for sure.
    Come for a visit Lena. You might fancy the life here and decide to stay. All adventures begin with a wish, I always say. Cheers!!!

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  36. Lena what nice and yummy look this plate! I love it! gloria

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  37. thanks again for all your lovely comments.

    arthur: i'll sure drop by to see you if i visit CA one day!

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  38. At home, we make a lot of char siew and braised pork belly, we usually use brown sugar.

    Very nice pictures, so mouth watering :)

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  39. I've been experimenting with char siew recipes lately and palm sugar is something I'd never think to add in! I bet it was good, because I can just imagine the stickiness and aroma it brings to the pork!

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  40. The char siu looks so good. I'm just thinking about making them and finally find a lovely recipe. Thanks for sharing.

    Sue@youcandoitathome.blogspot.com

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  41. I am sure this will taste a lot better than using brown sugar. Your photo shows the deliciousness of the char siew. This will be my next venture.

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