Char Siu Pork in Lettuce Wraps


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From Scratch: 10 Meals, 175 Recipes, and Dozens of Techniques You Will Use Over and Over

From Scratch

By Michael Ruhlman

Published 2019

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Char siu, the hoisin-based sauce, is one of my favorite preparations, and it goes beautifully with slow-roasted pork in lettuce leaves, along with plenty of fresh, crunchy carrot and radish. Serve it with jasmine rice and a stir-fried or pan-steamed green vegetable such as snow or snap peas.


For the sauce

  • ½ cup/120 milliliters soy sauce
  • ½ cup/120 milliliters hoisin sauce
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup dry white wine
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced to a paste
  • 2 teaspoons five-spice powder

For the pork in lettuce cups

  • ½ recipe Slow-Roasted Pork Shoulder, shredded between two forks
  • 16 butter lettuce leaves
  • 1 cup/75 grams julienned daikon radish
  • 1 cup/75 grams julienned carrot
  • 1 cup/50 grams thinly sliced scallions


Preheat your oven to 425°F/218°C.

Combine all the sauce ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine.

Put the pork in a saucepan and reheat it over medium heat if necessary. Add the char siu sauce and mix to combine. Bring the sauce to a simmer. The pork and sauce should be very juicy, with plenty of sauce but not swimming in liquid.

Transfer the pork to a serving bowl and serve with the lettuce and vegetable garnishes. Put a few tablespoons of the pork in the center of a lettuce leaf and top with a sprinkling of carrot, radish, and scallion. Fold up to eat.