Asian Pork Buns (Char Siu Pork)

Here is a different type of sandwich to surprise you friends or family. Warning: It is addictive! There are as many recipes for char siu out there as there are recipes for hamburgers. This is my version.

Buy two large pork tenderloins and trim off the fat and sinew. Make the marinate:

4 T. soy sauce
3 T. dry sherry
4 T. Hoisin sauce
3 Tsp. brown sugar
1 T. grated ginger
5 diced garlic cloves
3 T. sesame oil

Mix this together in a bowl and pour it into a ziplock bag with the tenderloins. Refrigerate for at least 24 hours turning occasionally. I refrigerated mine for 48 hours.

When it is time to cook them, cover a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and place a rack on top. Spray the rack with cooking spray to keep the pork from sticking.

This is what they look like right out of the marinate.

Save the extra marinate in a bowl.

Place the tenderloins on the rack in a preheated 400 degree oven and cook for 15 minutes.

After 15 minutes, turn them over and lower the oven temp to 350 degrees.

Spoon more of the marinate over them and cook for 15 more minutes. Spoon more marinate over them and cook for 10 minutes longer.

You can make steamed buns from scratch if you wish. We have excellent Asian markets here that sell them freshly made. This is one of those times I make an exception and buy something someone else has made. I can buy 6 of them for 1.00 and they are every bit as good as when I make them from scratch. They need to be steamed before serving and my new thrift shop steamer was perfect for the job!

Let the pork sit for about 15 minutes and then slice it very thin.

Place it on a platter on top of some of the marinate. I warm the marinate before doing this.

Place a steamed bun on a plate.

These look like hamburger buns.


Place some sliced tenderloin on the bun.

Top it with some finely shredded cabbage, carrots, green onions, cucumber and cilantro.

Pour some of the extra marinate over the top and enjoy!

You can use this pork recipe so many different ways. It is an easy dish to prepare for a party. You can cook the pork ahead of time and just reheat it.


gggeeezzzzz...that looks so good...i can almost taste it...

another one to add to the list

Pricilla said…
Mmmm. Yummy.

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Great sandwich recipe and I love the pale buns.

This will be something different!

Have a great week.

xoxo to "Teddy Springtime".
Verde Farm said…
This looks absolutely fabulous! I know I would love it and the cabbage and such on top--so good!!
Anonymous said…
I´ve never eaten steamed bread as far as I know, but I have eaten something similar to this and I did love it :-)

Have a great day now!
Gawd, that looks good! I love the texture of steamed buns. And the taste of marinated pork loin.
Joy said…
Mmm...was just going back through some of your old recipes and came across this. I miss pork already!