Saturday 7 June 2014

Let The Little Children Come To Me

I have been following Alvin of chef and sommelier's char siew posts from his first recipe to this final recipe. I thank him for his unselfishness for sharing the recipe in his blog. I admire Alvin's dedication in cooking and his determination in perfecting a recipe.

 The butcher has given me a piece of beautiful pork belly and this makes a lot of difference to the taste, texture and appearance. The marinade is simple and meat is quickly grilled to cook. This char siew is very succulent and moist.

Char Siew
Chef and Sommelier


1 kg pork belly strips (sliced into 2-3cm thick ) or (armpit cut) Pork Belly
500ml apple/pineapple juice (optional)

200g sugar (180g)
100g oyster sauce
4 tbsp chinese wine
1 tbsp light soya sauce
1 tbsp dark soya sauce
1 pc red fermented bean curd (with a thsp of the red liquid)


  • Clean and pat dry the pork.
  • Tenderise the pork in apple juice for 3-4 hours. Remove, clean and pat dry. (optional)
  • Mix all the ingredients for the marinade and marinate pork over night.
  • Heat oven to 240C in grill and fan mode.
  • Grill pork strips for 10 mins on each side, allowing the juice to drip into a baking tray below. (if using armpit cut, reduce cooking time to about 8-9 minutes on  each side as these are thinner cuts)
  • Meanwhile bring the leftover marinade to a boil for about 5 minutes or until thickens. Brush this sauce onto the pork while grilling until char siew gets nice and charred. 
  • When done, rest the char siew and reapply a coat of the thickened sauce to give it a nice gloss.(added some water to dilute the sauce as gravy for rice)
  • Slice and serve with noodle or rice, or simply enjoy them with a glass of ice cold beer.

Awana Cookout!

Awana celebrated the end of Term 2 with a cookout event for the children. Each group of children, with the help of adult leaders, prepared food for tea. My group did the decoration for cupcakes. Other groups prepared fruits and marshmallow on skewers, pizzas,pancakes and mini burgers. It was a fun day for the kids and their leaders. They got to eat the food they have made.  Awana breaks for the June holidays and will resume again for Term 3 on 5 July.

Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." Matthew 19:14


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