Blogwatch: Homemade Char Siu
Marc of No Recipes marinates his char siu, or Cantonese-style barbecue pork, for 48 hours before roasting. A mix of hoisin, chili, oyster and dark soy sauces give the meat its gorgeous red color, and maltose (liquid barley sugar with a tar-like consistency) adds crazy, alluring sheen.
Don't take your chances with the "overly sweet, grisly, artificially colored" char siu sometimes found in Chinatown. Buy yourself a slab of pork belly--one of the cheapest cuts there are--and follow Marc's recipe to make your own.