I was in the local supermarket at the "exotic" section to see what kind of product they hold. And I saw this jar called Faja Lobi - Roast Red Pork. That very much sounds like Char Siu to me! I read the label and understood that this is a product for the Surinam kitchen. The Chinese people stationed in Surinam made Char Siu so populair there, that it is even considered as a national dish there. I decided to give it a try..
- Pork - 1 pound (Cut in long pieces, about 4cm by 20cm)
- Faja Lobi Roast Red Pork mix - 1 jar
- Honey - 2 tbsp
The red colouring is pretty strong and it gave off on my cutting board. Although I had Char Siu before that did not use red colouring. I think it is just pschycologic, but it does not feel like real Char Siu.
Slice the meat and serve with rice and sweetened soy sauce. You can freeze leftovers and keep it for quite a long time.
I thought it turned out pretty well, but the meat was a little bit spicy (which I am not used to of Char Siu). I guess that is the Surinam influence. I will defenitely give another try to make Char Siu with a mix made from scratch.