Xa Xiu – BBQ Pork (Char Siu)
We’ve shared a few recipes calling for Xa Xiu – BBQ Pork. Otherwise known as Char Siu, Xa Xiu (“sa SEE-eww”) is the pink-hued pork found hanging in Vietnamese/Chinese meat markets, next to the roasted pig and roasted duck.
Raising four kids while also working a full-time job, Mom perfected the quick & easy version of Xa Xiu over the years. This is the quick and easy version because it involves a packet of seasoning that Mom adds her own special twist to. The packet is also what gives Xa Xiu its signature pink hue. I hope to soon share another version of this recipe – one made completely from scratch and not using a packet – so you can pick the version that works best for your family. Meanwhile, a semi-homemade version beats store-bought Xa Xiu any day!
Xa Xiu is great served thinly sliced with a side of rice and veggies, or stuffed into a traditional Vietnamese Banh Mi French bread sandwich.
Easy pork recipe for sandwiches or as an entree. This version uses a season packet for easiest results.
- 2 lbs. pork roast (sirloin or loin)
- 1 (2.5 oz.) packet Chinese BBQ seasoning
- 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
- 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
Place pork into a gallon-size storage bag. Mix seasoning packet with soy sauce and EVOO to make a marinade. Pour the marinade onto the pork in the storage bag, seal the bag, and work the bag slightly to coat the pork. For best results, refrigerate for at least 6 hours.
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a baking dish with cooking spray. Place the marinated pork into the baking dish. Reserve the marinade. For best results, insert an oven-safe thermometer into the center of the pork. Loosely cover with foil.
Depending on the thickness of the pork, bake for approximately 45 minutes – 1 hour, until it reaches 145-150 degrees in the center. For best results, baste the pork with the reserved marinade every 15 minutes. For the last 10 minutes of this time, bake uncovered to caramelize the outside of the pork.
When the pork has reached 145-150 degrees in the center, remove it from the oven and let it rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing thinly. Serve Xa Xiu with rice and veggies, or in popular Vietnamese dishes, such as Hu Tieu – Pork & Noodle Soup.
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