Slow-Cooker Char Siu Pork
Combine water, honey, plum sauce, rice wine (or sherry), dark and reduced-sodium soy sauces, oil, five-spice powder, scallions, ginger and garlic in a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker. Add pork and turn a couple times to coat with the sauce. Cover and cook on High for 4 hours or Low for 8 hours.Advertisement
Remove the pork to a cutting board. Very carefully transfer the liquid in the slow cooker to a large measuring cup. Let stand 10 minutes, then skim off the fat. Pour the defatted liquid through a fine sieve into a large skillet. Bring to a boil over high heat and boil until the liquid is starting to look syrupy, 12 to 15 minutes.
Shred or slice the pork and serve with the sauce and more scallions and sesame seeds, if desired.
Make Ahead Tip: Refrigerate for up to 3 days.
Equipment: 5- to 6-quart slow cooker
Shao Hsing (or Shaoxing) is a seasoned rice wine used in Chinese cooking to flavor sauces, marinades and stir-fries. Look for it in Asian specialty markets or with other Asian ingredients in large supermarkets. In a pinch, dry sherry is a good substitute.
1/2 other carbohydrate, 2 1/2 lean meat, 1/2 fat