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Chinese BBQ Pork "Char Sao"

Chinese BBQ Pork "Char Sao"

This is my first attempt to make BBQ pork at home and it turned out pretty good both on the look and the taste. It’s easy to make. Try it out.

Chinese BBQ Pork “Char Sao” Recipe:

Ingredients:
1 lb shoulder-cut pork cut into 1/2– 3/4 inch thick, trim off the fat lightly
4-5 tbsp Chinese BBQ pork sauce (sold at Chinese grocery stores)
2 tbsp ketchup
1 tsp soy sauce
3 tbsp sugar
2 tsp finely grated ginger– optional
1 tsp Chinese rice wine– optional

Method:

  1. Just mix all ingredients well and marinate the meat with the mixture at least 2 hours or even overnight– the longer the better.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, place the meat on a rack and roast for 15 minutes. Then turn over the meat and roast for the other 15 minutes. Take the meat out and brush some honey over it and back to the oven for 5 additional minutes at 350 degrees.

Notes:

  1. To make your BBQ pork have some lightly burned spots like those selling at Chinese deli stores, don’t cut the meat too evenly.
  2. Lined your pan with foil underneath the rack to catch any burned dripping from the meat.
  3. When you put the pork back to the oven for the last 5 minutes, keep your eyes close to the oven because honey, just like sugar, burns quickly and it can produce lots of smoke in seconds.
  4. Taste the marinate before you put in the meat and adjust the seasoning according to your taste.

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Gathering in Vegas

picture of the ladies Say Cheeseee...

My former co-workers are really nice people. I remember we hung out quite a bit even outside of work. Well, They had a gathering trip to Vegas and I was invited. So I went solo (Thanks Richard again for taking care of the boys at home) and stayed there for this past weekend.

As you can see from the pictures, we all had a GREAT time! It’s nice to see everyone again and catching up on each other’s life. I got to eat some really good seafood buffet (btw, Bellagio’s is better in quality and cheaper than Rio’s), swam and experienced the wave at Mandalay Bay. And while you guys in the bay area were sleeping, I was at the nightclub with friends having some cocktails drinks (Mojito, Malibu Pineapple,  Kamakazie, Cabana Breeze– never have I had this much drinks before!), danced for couple of hours and then headed to the casino later on… pretty much staying up all night. It was fun and wild for me but hey, it’s Las Vegas! (don’t worry Richard, I got my ring on at all time :P). And better yet, I won some money so my dining and gambling expenses are pretty much covered.

It’s nice to have a little getaway and do things just for myself… I had a wonderful time. Thank you everyone. Looking forward to the gathering trip next year (cruise that’s what I heard…).

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Picture transferring-- Rainbow

Cake Decorating: Picture transferring-- Rainbow

I am taking cake decorating class and here it is– my first decorated cake. Not bad huh don’t you think?

I like the class a lot. There are only 4 students including myself and the instructor is very nice. She answers to all questions and tells us lots of tips and tricks on cake decorating. During the last class I learned about using tip #3 for writing on the cake, crazy strings along the top edge, tiny flowers and vines. Tip #16 for stars (small stars for filling up areas or big stars for edge covering), flowers and cake bottom covering (up and down motion). One more interesting thing learned: transferring pictures/drawings from paper to the cake– this really comes in handy when decorating cakes for the kids. I can’t wait to make a Thomas cake for Alexander!

Tomorrow is my 3rd session and we are going to make some roses and other stuff. Oh, I can’t wait… it’s so much fun! Come back to my blog to check it out… I’ll show you my 2nd finished cake.

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