When I see a nice block of lean Pork Belly that has no thick layers of fat, I instantly think of this roast. For the marinade, I only use basic ingredients such as Japanese Miso, Sugar and Soy Sauce. However, a half teaspoon of Chinese Five Spice can make a difference. It tastes like the authentic ‘Char Siu’ to me. The marinade is quite sweet. You may wish to reduce the amount of Sugar, but I think this is the right amount. You might be interested in ‘Char Siu Baked Pork’ with a different flavour sauce.


6 Servings *Leftover ‘Char Siu’ is always great!


About 1kg Pork Belly


1/3 cup Sugar
1/4 cup Soy Sauce
1 tablespoon Miso *red type miso recommended
1-2 cloves Garlic *grated
1 small piece Ginger *grated
1/2 teaspoon Chinese Five Spice

  1. Remove the rind and use it for crackling or something else. Cut the block in half along the fibre. It would be easier and quicker to marinate and also cook.
  2. Combine all the ingredients of marinade in a bowl or container, place the pork blocks and massage. Marinate in the fridge overnight or at least 3-4 hours.
  3. Preheat the oven to 180℃. Remove the pork blocks from the marinade and remove excess liquid, but DO NOT discard the marinade.
  4. Place the pork block on the roasting rack (recommended) on a baking tray, and roast for 50 to 60 minutes. Turn them over halfway through.
  5. Meanwhile, place remaining marinade in a saucepan, add 2 tablespoons Sake (Rice Wine) or Shaoxing Wine, bring to the boil, then simmer until the sauce thickens. This can be a yummy sauce.