Chinese Roasted Meats And Accompanying Recipes

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Chinese Roasted Meats

Roasted Pork

Chinese roasted pork is delicious when served with steamed vegetables and rice. It’s also terrific when it’s sliced and served on a sandwich, preferably on a warm sweet roll with slices of cucumber and scallions with hoisin sauce instead of mayo. It is also the base of the filling for pork buns. (recipe included)

Roast Pork
Roast Pork
  • 3/4 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1 tsp oyster sauce
  • 1/2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/4 tsp 5 spice powder
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 lb pork tenderloin
  • 1 extra Tbsp honey
  1. Combine all of the ingredients up to the pork in a sauce pan
  2. Simmer for 2 min, stirring constantly
  3. Let the marinade cool
  4. Pour it into a ziplock bag with the pork
  5. Marinate in the refrigerator over night
  6. Preheat oven to 350
  7. Roast the pork for 25 min, saving the extra marinade to baste.
  8. Add the extra Tbsp of honey to the marinade
  9. Baste the pork halfway through roasting
  10. Once it is fully cooked(check before you take it out) baste again and broil for 2-3 min until the marinade bubbles
  11. Let it rest on the stove for 10 min before slicing

Steamed Pork Buns

These will disappear in minutes. They are amazingly delicious. 

Steamed Pork Buns
Steamed Pork Buns
  • 1 tsp active dry yeast
  • 3 1/2 c cake flour
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 Tbsp diced pork fat
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • 1 1/2 c diced roast pork
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 3 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp Cornstarch


  1. Dissolve yeast in 1 1/4 c warm water
  2. Set aside for 5 min
  3. Combine flour, sugar and baking powder in a mixing bowl
  4. Mix in dissolved yeast on low
  5. Add pork fat, 1 piece at a time on med, until it becomes a dough. About 5 min
  6. Cover with seran and let it rise. About 2 hrs
  7. Punch the dough down
  8. Knead for about 5 min. Until it feels elastic
  9. Make 16 even balls
  10. Cover with a damp cloth
  11. Sauté the scallions in hot oil for about 2 min
  12. Add pork,sugar, soy sauce and oyster sauce
  13. Sauté , stirring constantly for about 5 min. Until scallions are soft
  14. Dissolve the cornstarch in 2 Tbsp cold water and add to the mixture
  15. Stir until thick about 1 min
  16. Remove from heat
  17. Take a ball of dough and make a well in it with your thumb
  18. Fill the well with about a Tbsp of pork mixture
  19. Pinch the dough together around the filling and place it upside down on parchment paper
  20. Make a 1/2 inch across the top with a knife
  21. Repeat that with each ball
  22. Using a bamboo steamer over boiling water, steam the buns for about 12 min
  23. They will puff up and look like bread when they are done
  24. You can put them in the steamer on the parchment
  25. Serve immediately

Roasted Duck

Chinese styled roasted duck is sensational. You can serve it with stir fried vegetables and low mein noodles. (stir fry the vegetable and toss in the precooked noodles and duck at the end) You can also serve it with steamed rice and vegetables. You can use roasted duck as a replacement for the pork in the buns also, or on a sandwich. Peking duck is slightly different but in a pinch, you can make the switch. Peking duck recipe follows. 

Roasted Duck

  • 1 5lb duck
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 Tbsp ginger powder
  1. Combine all of the ingredients other than the duck and whisk thoroughly
  2. Marinate the duck in the mixture for 1 hr at room temp
  3. Preheat oven to 350
  4. Roast for 2 hrs
  5. Baste every 20-30 min with the drippings

Peking Duck

This is one of our absolute favorites!

  • 1 5-6 lb duck
  • 6 Tbsp honey
  • 4 Tbsp Chinese 5 spice powder
  • 2 Tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 6 Tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 2 Tbsp super fine sugar
  • 1 pkg Chinese moo shu pancakes or Peking duck buns (available at Asian markets or on line)
  • 3 scallions, sliced lengthwise
  • 1 cucumber, sliced into thick sticks
Peking Duck
Peking Duck
  1. Poke the skin of the duck all over with a knife
  2. Rinse well and dry it off
  3. Combine 6 Tbsp water, 5 spice, soy sauce and brown sugar
  4. Brush the mixture over the duck inside and out, spreading out the wings and brushing them too
  5. Let it stand for 10 min and repeat until you have about 4 Tbsp left over
  6. Save it for later in the refrigerator
  7. Let the basted duck marinate in the refrigerator overnight, uncovered
  8. Heat the oven to 350
  9. Roast the duck for 45 min
  10. Flip it over and baste it with the remaining marinade
  11. Roast for 45 more min. Until the skin looks crispy
  12. Check on it as it cooks to make sure that it doesn’t burn
  13. In the meantime, make the sauce
  14. Dissolve the cornstarch in 1 Tbsp cold water and set it aside
  15. In a sauce pan, heat hoisin, sugar, soy sauce and sesame oil
  16. Whisk in cornstarch mix
  17. Heat until it thickens. About 1-2 min
  18. On each pancake, place a dollop of sauce, a couple of slices of duck with the crisp skin, a couple of sticks of cucumber and a couple of slices of scallion
  19. Roll it up and serve immediately

Spare Ribs

Everyone loves Chinese takeout spare ribs. These are great and you can make them at home. 

Chinese Spare Ribs

  • 1/2 c hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 c soy sauce
  • 3 Tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp 5 spice powder
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • 2 racks of spare ribs 8-10 lbs total
  1. Mix all of the ingredients up to spare ribs and whisk thoroughly
  2. Save 1/2 c in a covered bowl
  3. Marinate the remainder with the ribs overnight
  4. Either grill and baste periodically
  5. Or preheat oven to 300
  6. Cover with foil
  7. Bake for 2 1/2 hrs
  8. Uncover and broil for 2-3 min for a crispy coating.

Enjoy your roasted Chinese meats

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