Sublime Tender Char Siu for Ramen

Sublime Tender Char Siu for Ramen

Delicious, melt-in-your mouth char siu (Chinese-style roast pork)!
Even better than at ramen restaurants!


Pork belly block
1.3 kg
Chicken breast (see helpful hints)
Soy sauce
500 ml
1000 ml
200 ml
50 ml
110 g
Garlic, ginger
2 cloves of garlic, 2 knobs of ginger
※Scallion (green part)
1 stalk


1. Try to find meat with as little fat as possible.
2. Roll up the meat, putting the thickest part inside, and wrap with cooking twine. If using chicken breasts, wrap and tie the same way.
3. For those of you making ramen broth (Recipe ID: 911500) to go with this, slow-cook the meat for two hours. Otherwise, go to Step 4.
4. Put the meat in a pot with enough water to cover. Mix together everything from the soy sauce to the ginger, add to the pot, and cook over medium heat. For those who skipped Step 3, add the ※ ingredients now.
5. Skim off the scum, then cover with a small lid that sits right on top of the food (a drop lid, or otoshibuta, a sheet of aluminum foil can be substituted), and simmer over low heat. For those of you who are making soup, cook for 2 hours. For those of you who aren't, cook between 3 and 4 hours.
6. The meat is perfectly cooked when a skewer can be inserted easily and cleanly into the meat. Leave the meat soaking in the liquid overnight (this is crucial).
7. Remove the meat from the liquid, wrap in cling wrap, and refrigerate.
8. It's easier to cut when chilled. Serve in ramen or over rice, or as a snack with pickled bamboo shoots (menma) and ra-yu spicy sesame oil..
9. Here's what it looks like on ramen. I have a lot of ramen recipes on my page, so have a look.
10. This is chicken char siu on rice, garnished with pickled bamboo shoots, leftover broth, and sesame oil. The chicken is so tender, it's falling apart!
11. I made a dressing out of broth, soy sauce, black vinegar, and sesame oil, poured it over char siu and pickled bamboo shoots, and scattered a bunch of onions on top.
12. Note: Refrigerate the broth, remove the fat that rises to the surface, and you've got a great sauce. It's perfect for using as stock for stir fry or soup.

Story Behind this Recipe

Cooking ramen is one of my hobbies, so I'm also very interested in making char siu. This is the best recipe I've come up with for char siu so far.