One of our favorite things about living in New York City is our proximity to one of the best Chinatowns in North America. Where else can you find perfect soup dumplings, bao stuffed with everything imaginable and lacquered, sticky, Chinese-style roasted meats. One of our favorites of those meats will always, always be char siu pork. This barbecued Chinese pork is best friends with rice, swims in a bowl of ramen like it's its job and is probably the most perfect accompaniment to a fluffy bao bun ever invented.
Most of us think we need to head to our local Cantonese joint for this, or else reach for a pre-made jar of char siu (or siew) sauce. Thanks to The Meatmen and their drool-inducing char siu recipe video, we have been liberated! You can roast pork like a champion with just a quick trip to an Asian market or a few clicks on the internet. This recipe calls for strips of pork shoulder, which just so happens to be one of the most delicious and cheapest cuts of meat you can find. With some adjustment for cooking times, you could probably apply this delicious sauce to any meat you'd like, once you master this delicious, sticky pork.
What will you top with your homemade char siu? Let us know in the comments!