Big thanks to our family member Paul Cranen for letting us try out this amazing recipe for home-made babi panggang! This recipe also goes by the name of “Char Siu”.
- 1 kg procureur (swine neck)
- 1 tablespoon ginger powder
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon salty soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon sweet soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
- 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
- 1 tablespoon chinese 5 spices (recipe here)
- 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil or sunflower oil
- 1 tablespoon bean paste (fermented bean paste)
- Brown sugar or regular sugar
- Sambal to taste
Kitchen equipment needed
- Large bowl
- Chef’s knife + cutting board
- Cling film
- Grill pan or oven + grilling rack or BBQ
- Silicone brush
Preparation — 15 minutes + 1 (or 2) waiting days (yes, really)
MIX the ingredients in a large bowl using a whisk until nicely blended together. SLICE the procureur lengthwise into not too thin chunks. CUT the pieces crosswise about 1 cm thick, keep 1.5 cm in between. PLACE the chunks of meat into the sauce / marinade for at least 1 day. Preferably two days, cover the large bowl with cling film and place the meat in a cold zone of your refrigerator.
Baking the babi panggang — 30 minutes + 1 hour waiting
After a few days, the meat will have absorbed the flavors very well into the meat. REMOVE the bowl from your refrigerator and let it sit for an hour to bring to room temperature. GRILL the meat using a grill pan or oven + grilling rack. It’s also possible to use your BBQ for this. GRILL for about 20 minutes on high heat. Baste the meat while grilling once or twice with the marinade.
When the meat is almost done about 5 minutes beforehand, coat each side with maltose syrup or sugar syrup and grill both sides for 2.5 minutes, or until nicely browned. Be careful when handling, the sugar will be piping hot! You can make your own sugar syrup very easily by dissolving sugar with a ratio of 3 to 1. For example: 3 tablespoons of sugar must be dissolved in 1 tablespoon of water.
Slice pieces of meat into long strips when the meat has been browned nicely. Serve with white rice and cucumber salad, enjoy!