My Best Char Siew on 8Aug2017

my best char siew 

did my best char siew today on 8aug2017.

i not very motivated on char siew & siew yoke as i tried them before & though they were ok, but not really fantastic & can always get good char siew & siew yoke outside (or get friends to make it haha!)

looking at previous photos, the char siew i did before was pretty ok i guess but just not enough to excite me.  

char siew & siew yoke 

recently 10pax RI bros went for overnight makan, massage & karaoke at sutera mall locality. 

we had the best char siew at meng meng roast duck 阿明帝皇鸭. the char siew was superb & literally glistening with charred fat!! ooooh, my favourite la!

my best char siew 

& next week i am cooking for 12pax friends, modelling some of the dishes in JB and sutera.

so i thought i have another go at char siew.

look at some online recipes, and decided to model after this video though they did not give recipe…a bit random..haha!

my best char siew


  1. made my own marinade from what i have-1 tsp each of brown sugar, honey, char siew sauce, hoi sin sauce, oysters sauce, five-spice powder, ginger sauce (i lazy just used chopped ginger), soy sauce, fermented beancurd (fu yu), 1/2 tsp salt.
  2. then prepare 250g belly pork, removed skin, washed with salt & scalded to remove scum; and marinate for 6hrs in fridge (overnight should be ok too)
  3. then placed on rack, 25mins in 250degC oven…did a bit of basting..

my best char siew 

result was quite wonderful – texture, taste (marinade & well infused) & fat charring all excellent…glistening…

my best char siew

not sure if i can reproduce this for larger pieces…will try it on 600g piece for 12pax dinner next week la, and see how. ^^

c.h.e.f andy


  • 250g belly pork, removed skin, washed with salt & scalded to remove scum

marinade (1 tsp each except salt)

  • brown sugar
  • honey
  • light soy sauce
  • char siew sauce
  • hoi sin sauce
  • oysters sauce
  • five-spice powder
  • ginger sauce (i lazy just used chopped ginger)
  • fermented beancurd (fu yu)
  • AND 1/2 tsp salt.


  1. combine to make marinade
  2. marinade belly pork for 6hrs in fridge (or overnight)
  3. then placed on rack, 25mins in 250degC oven…baste it a bit…



Really Wonderful Benson Salted Duck 盐水鸭 Blk 168 Toa Payoh Lor 1 on 8Aug2017

benson salted duck 盐水鸭 1 whole duck S$32

our RI toa payoh & amk gang organised 5pax lunch today on 8.8.2017. i suggested benson salted duck at tpy lor 1. ^^ well, the largest table in this kim seng coffeeshop can seat 5pax…haha!

benson’s where my OPS friend bought lunch

like me before my first visit, my RI bros have never had spiced duck 盐水鸭 except as a cold appetizer in shanghainese or taiwanese restaurants. i know imperial treasure & shih yeh serve spiced duck 盐水鸭 .

so this was a new & interesting experience for them as it was for me before.

benson salted duck 盐水鸭 1 whole duck S$32

i ordered a whole duck S$32.

the duck was really very good, very sweet & tender, very tasty & 入味. i forgot how good it is!

i will be making this for my friends next week. my own 盐水鸭 spicy duck  is pretty good, as seen in above photo. but will be hard put to produce something as good as benson’s..

i made this as 1 of 12 dishes for 22pax RI friends (who were in the committee that organised the dec2014 reunion dinner) on 9feb2015. 

fishmaw pig innards soup S$8

i ordered a pig innard soup. the stall owner recommended the “large” with fish maw, it was S$8 & chokeful of ingredients.

fishmaw pig innards soup S$8

some pieces felt like pig skin, so maybe it was a mix of fishmaws & pigskin.

a tasty soup & enough for 5pax…

fishmaw pig innards soup S$8

maybe my friend gave me more ingredients, but my own bowl was filled with sliced pork, pig liver, fish maw etc..

鲁肉kong bak & others

i ordered some 鲁肉kong bak, no pig skin today, just added braised egg & tofu & also duck liver & gizzard..

鲁肉kong bak & others

this dish was ordinary…only the duck & the soup stood out as quite exceptional dishes…

chives 青龙菜 with tau gay

they only have chives 青龙菜 with tau gay so i ordered that too.

chives 青龙菜 with tau gay

it’s quite nice really, though yellow chives still sweeter & more tender, but this was quite ok.

total bill for 5pax was S$52. so i figured if duck & soup were S$32+S$8=S$40, and 4 rice were S$2, the the braise & the veg together were S$10, so maybe S$6 for the braise & S$4 for the vegetables.

anyway, such a wonderfully satisfying meal la!

c.h.e.f andy


Benson Salted Duck 盐水鸭

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