Xa Xiu – BBQ Pork (Char Siu)

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In our Mom’s 52 series, we’ve shared a few recipes calling for Xa Xiu – BBQ Pork.  Otherwise known as Char Siu, Xa Xiu (“sa see-oo”) 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.  In the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing 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 – BBQ Pork (Char Siu)

INGREDIENTS – makes 6-8 servings

  • 2 lb. pork roast (sirloin or loin)
  • 1 (2.5 oz.) packet Chinese BBQ seasoning packet
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)

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DIRECTIONS for XA XIU – BBQ PORK:

  1. Place the pork into a gallon-size storage bag.  Mix the seasoning packet with the 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.  Marinate the pork in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours.

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    Chinese BBQ seasoning packets can be found at many mainstream grocery stores, in the Asian food aisle.
  2. Heat the oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a baking dish with cooking spray.  Place the marinated pork into the baking dish.  Cover the dish with foil.  Reserve the marinade.

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    Marinated pork for Xa Xiu.
  3. Depending on the thickness of the pork, bake it for 45 minutes – 1 hour,  until it reaches 145 degrees in the center.  For the last 10 minutes of this time, bake uncovered after basting the pork with the marinade.

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    Use the reserved marinade to baste the pork during the last 10 minutes of baking.
  4. When the pork has reached 145 degrees in the center, remove it from the oven and let it rest for at least 3 minutes before slicing thinly.  Serve Xa Xiu with rice or in popular Vietnamese dishes, such as Hu Tieu – Pork & Noodle Soup.  Enjoy!

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    Use a meat thermometer to check Xa Xiu for doneness (145 degrees).

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