Chinese Barbecued Pork Roast (Char Siew)
According to the United States Department of Agriculture, 33 per cent of pork fat is saturated. However, 31 per cent of this is stearic acid, and 64 per cent is palmitic acid – neither of which has much effect on our cholesterol levels. What’s more, 41 per cent of the total pork fat content is oleic acid – the same healthy fat found in olive oil. Two small pork fillets will provide your recommended daily allowance (RDA) of thiamine, which aids post-exercise recovery. It’s also a rich source of zinc, which helps your body to produce the muscle-building hormone testosterone.
Three hours of cooking this dish will cause a delicious crust to form on the meat. Caution: This is not the sort of roast you eat pink – a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part should read 70 deg C. It has to be well done to become tender. Serve it with rice, along with the soya sauce and pan juices.