Pieces of pork char siu in a black bowl
The Right Way To Roast Traditional Pork Char Siu At Home
Pork char siu is a popular Chinese dish. For the best results, there are two important things you need to do when roasting the pork in the oven.
The first is to prop the pork on a roasting rack for even heat distribution. If it’s not elevated, it will get wet and soupy on the bottom instead of burnished and sticky.
The next thing to do is to line the rimmed sheet with foil and fill it with a cup of water. The water will maintain a moist environment and the sheet will catch any drippings.
To get the charred finish, roast the char siu between 425 and 475 degrees F on an upper rack. The edges should start to singe and change color without actually burning.