8 Ways With Char Siew Perfect For Chinese New Year Leftovers

Coated in a sweet sticky marinade and then roasted till smoky and juicy with a charred top, char siew is a classic Cantonese roast that has become a beloved dish that can be found in restaurants, hawker stalls and casual eateries alike. And it’s not too difficult to create your own at home with our char siew recipes, too. Or if you’ve got leftovers after the CNY festivities wind down, make a commitment to sustainable eating and find creative ways to repurpose excess food instead of tossing it into the bin.

Here, we’ve got a collection of char siew recipes, be it turning your remaining crisp and fragrant roasted pork into delightful delicious meals post-celebrations, or creating your own from scratch.

1. Char Siu Pork With Broccolini

Char Siu Pork With Broccolini
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Sticky and sweet Cantonese-style roasted pork meets boiled broccolini for a simple yet delicious dish. Amp up the portion size for a glorious platter enough to feed the family, or keep it small and serve with rice for a flavourful weeknight meal. Don’t forget a splash of oyster sauce after the pork and veggies have been plated – it’s the one ingredient you need to tie it all together!

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2. Kampua Mee With Char Siew

Kampua Mee With Char Siew
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Hailing from Sarawak, these Malaysian-style noodles can be breezily prepared in under 10 mins with results that come through as springy, sauce-infused noodles that taste faintly of dark soya sauce, shallot oil and lard. To complete the experience, add quality glazed roast pork and fresh vegetables.

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3. Hong Kong-Style Wonton Noodles

Hong Kong-Style Wonton Noodles
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With springy egg noodles set in a savoury dark sauce, the Cantonese time-honoured dish has a found permanent place here in Singapore. Here, we recreate the dish Hong Kong-style, sticking to its authenticity and complete with homemade wontons and oven-roasted char siew.

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4. Pork & Ramen Noodles

Pork & Ramen Noodles
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From being a sinful late-night quick fix to a Japanese bar and restaurant staple, ramen noodles have become an iconic part of Japanese cuisine that one can recreate with ease back at home. In our rendition, we star the char siu as the highlight of the dish, adding the delicious tinge of roast to springy noodles and crunchy kelp, bok choy and bamboo shoot.

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5. Barbecued Pork Spare Ribs

Barbecued Pork Spare Ribs
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Sinfully sticky and sweet, these barbecued pork spare ribs come with an undeniable succulence that will make any dinner spread taste even better. If you’re cooking for one, don’t fret having it (and an abundance of glaze) with just a bowl of steamy white rice either.

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6. Char Siu Pork & Noodle Soup

Pork neck fillet roast drenched in char siu sauce and generously served with mushrooms, gai lan and noodles makes for an oriental and delicious one-bowl meal.

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7. Barbecued Pork Fried Rice

Barbecued Pork Fried Rice
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Few dishes are quite as reliable as the fried rice, which is as delicious and versatile as it is flexible. In this recipe, we decided to use barbecued pork for an emphasis on its Chinese flair – plus chicken stock, sesame and peanut oil to bring out the most robust of flavours.

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8. Pork & Bean Sprout Noodles

Pork & Bean Sprout Noodles
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Brimming with fresh and wholesome ingredients, this dish will steal a spot in your heart for its simplistic, homely yet memorable taste. Primarily made of vermicelli noodles, it also comes with a serve of crunchy bean sprouts and cabbage, as well as juicy barbecued pork. Yum.

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