Soft Char Siu Pork Belly Cooked In A Pressure Cooker

Soft Char Siu Pork Belly Cooked In A Pressure Cooker

You can easily make pork belly char siu that's so soft it melts in your mouth. Cook in a pressure cooker for 15 minutes, then just leave it overnight to produce the best tasting char siu. Each step is explained with photos.


Pork belly block
1 kg
Ginger (grated)
1 tablespoon
Japanese leek (the green part)
1/2 stalk
☆ Soy sauce
1 cup
☆ Sake
1/2 cup
☆ Mirin
1/2 cup
☆ Sugar
1 tablespoon


1. Cut up the pork so it will fit in the pressure cooker. Brown the pieces of meat on all sides.
2. Put the pork in the pressure cooker, and add ginger and enough water to cover the ingredients. Position the lid on and pressurize once it starts the steam.
3. Turn off the heat and leave to cool. When the pressure comes down, open the lid and skim off the scum. Add the ☆ ingredients, bring the pressure back up, and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and leave to de-pressurize naturally.
4. Slice the meat. Transfer the meat and its juices to a microwave safe container with a lid, and leave in the refrigerator overnight. The next day you'll have flavorful char siu pork.
5. Save the cooking liquid by skimming off the white fat that comes to the surface and transferring to another container. Use it in fried rice or as a simmering sauce to season boiled eggs and so forth.
6. The char siu is great on ramen or hot somen noodles. It's melt-in-your-mouth soft!
7. Here's some fried rice made with the char siu.

Story Behind this Recipe

Store-bought char siu pork can be dry or hard, or too salty. This is the delicious homemade char siu we make all the time.