Cha Siu Beef (Chinese BBQ Beef)

Finally got round to roll up my sleeves and created Cha Siu Beef. All you can get from the local Chinese BBQ Restaurants are Chai Siu Pork, never beef. I could not even find a single Cha Siu Beef recipe in Goggle so I invented my own and was very happy with it. Yummilicously sweet & juicy.

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I finally rolled up my sleeves to marinate those sirloins!

Here’s my recipe for Chinese BBQ Beef.  Not a pork person, I experimented my own version of the popular Cha Siu Pork (using beef/sirloin instead), a Cantonese cuisine of ‘roast pork’ that you see hanging from hooks in the window of Chinese BBQ Restaurants.

You can use ready-made Chinese BBQ sauce available in the supermarkets but the taste of the dish would be rather bland.  I made the marinade from scratch.

Instead of baking, my method of cooking is pan-frying which caramelized the sauce giving the meat the added sweet and salty flavour.   After trying this method, I can vouch that the taste of the ‘cha siu’ (Chinese BBQ)  beef is much better than oven baked or slow cooked.

The other bonus is the shorter cooking time compared to baking.

Ingredients
1 kg Sirloin steak
3 tablespoon Maple Syrup or Honey
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What’s for dinner ? Homemade Sushi & Potato Balls

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What's for dinner?

What's for dinner?

What's for dinner?

What's for dinner?

What's for dinner?

What's for dinner?

What's for dinner?

What's for dinner?

The above pictures were my two sessions of sushi making. The top few pictures were sushi for lunch last week and the other for dinner tonight together with my own recipe of potato balls. You would have thought I was cooking for the whole family but the truth is I was cooking for one. That does not stopped me going for varieties. The good thing is some friends from work get to enjoy a pack homemade lunch gifted with free delivery.  I love cooking as much as eating. My homemade meals are always wholesome with sides and main.

Sharing my homemade potato recipe. This is a non greasy recipe and healthier than most deep fried version. I microwave the potatoes rather than boiling them.

CARROT, SWEETCORN, POTATO BALLS by Little Borneo Girl
Preparation time 15 mins, baking time 25-30 mins (Total 45 mins)
Serves 4 as entree or sides

3 Potatoes
1 Carrot
Sweetcorn kernels
1 Onion
2 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoon chicken seasoning
Sprinkle garlic salt (to taste)
A dash of mixed herbs
grated cheese (a small handful)
breadcrumbs
Small piece of butter
1 teaspoon of turmeric power or chilli powder (optional)

1. Cut potatoes into small pieces. Add a little salt. Add a small piece of butter.
2. Put all in a microwaveable rice cooker (or any microwaveable container with lid covered but not completely). Microwave for 10 minutes or till soft enough to marsh.
3. Cut carrot and onion into small pieces and grind in electric chopper/grinder.
4. If the corn kernels are frozen, add into the potato at the last minute to defrost.
5. Mash potatoes (it is alright to mash it together if the sweetcorn kernels are already added, let it cool a little.
6. Mix the onion and carrots mixture together with the potato mash (and sweetcorn).
7. Add all seasonings.
8. Spoon and shape into a slightly longish shape with finger tips. Do not squeeze.
9. Roll into breadcrumbs.
10. Grease baking tray and place in preheated over 180 degrees C for 25-30 mins max. The balls should come out yellow to very light brown, not too brown.
11. Cool slightly.
12. Eaten with mayonnaise or aioli. Makes excellent entree. Enjoy !