Char Siu Sou (Chinese BBQ Pork Puff)

char siu sou

Char Siu Sou Pastry Pockets Recipe

char siu sou

What Is Char Siu Sou?

One of the best Chinese snacks to try are these Chinese Char Siu Sou Pastry Pockets. It’s a popular dish in Hong Kong and is often served at Dim Sum. “Char Siu Sou” or “Char Siew Sou” are small pastry puffs, filled with Chinese-styled roast pork and topped with sesame seeds.

How To Make Char Siu Sou:

These Char Siu Pastry Pockets require very limited ingredients. Provided you already have Char Siu Pork Ready, you can have these pastry pockets ready within 30 minutes. 


For the pastry, I simply use premade puff pastry. As a student, I don’t like making the puff pastry from scratch so I just get premade pastry from my local supermarket.

To make the pastry nice and golden brown, I like to brush some egg wash over the pastry pockets. This isn’t a requirement but it helps make the pastries cook more evenly. After the egg wash, I also like to add more sesame seeds on top of the pastries.


For the filling, you’ll need

  • Char Siu (Chinese BBQ Pork)
  • Brown Onions
  • Sesame Seeds

My Chinese BBQ Pork Pastries use already cooked char siu. To learn how to marinate and cook the char siu pork, click here


For the char siu sou sauce, you’ll need

  • Sugar
  • Shaoxing wine
  • Light soy sauce
  • Honey 

Alternatively – Buy Premade Char Siu Sauce:

If you don’t want to buy all the ingredients, you can use premade Char Siu Sauce. Lee Kum Kee is a brand that sells a Chinese BBQ marinade that you can use instead. You can find this at a Chinese supermarket, or alternatively, on Amazon. It’s an easier way to make the sauce for the Char Siu Sou, but can also be used to marinate and cook the Char Siu BBQ Pork.

I prefer making my own sauce for these BBQ Pork Pastry Pockets, as the premade sauce is a lot sweeter. However, if you’re short on time or don’t want to buy all the ingredients, this sauce is a good alternative. 

What To Serve With These Chinese Roast Pork Pastry Puffs

These Chinese BBQ pork pastries are often served at Dim Sum. I don’t go to Dim Sum often, so I like making these pastry pockets at home whenever I fancy it. My family likes to make these as a simple snack or as an appetiser when we have guests. It’s the perfect appetiser to make, especially for people who have never tried it before. 

Can You Freeze Char Siu Sou?

This Char Siu Sou recipe can be frozen. I like to make the char siu sou in batches and then freeze them. To reheat, simply let the pastry puffs defrost for a couple of hours, and then bake for 10-15 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius. I personally find these BBQ Pork Puffs taste the best when made fresh, however, if you have leftover, reheating them will still taste good. 

Hints and Tips:

  • Let the char siu sou filling cool before wrapping it in the puff pastry. This will stop the pastry pocket from becoming soggy.

  • Add some egg wash over the pastry pockets to help them brown more neatly. Sprinkle more sesame seeds over the pastries for decoration.

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Final Thoughts On These Char Siu Dim Sum Pastries

These Chinese Pork Pastries are so easy to make, taste delicious and are such a party favourite! If you love Chinese food and Dim Sum as much as I do, this appetiser will easily become one of your favourite snacks to make!

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Char Siu Sou (Chinese BBQ Pork Puff)

Recipe by YvonneCuisine: ChineseDifficulty: Medium


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  • 250g char siu (chinese roast pork)

  • 2 medium onions

  • 3 tbsp sesame seeds

  • 20g sugar

  • ⅕ shaoxing wine (or white wine)

  • 2 tbsp soy sauce

  • 3 tbsp honey

  • 1 puff pastry

  • 1 egg


  • Preparation
  • Prepare all the above-listed ingredients
  • Peel and cut the onions into cubes
  • Cut up the char siu into smaller cubes
  • Crack and whisk the egg
  • Char Siu Sou Filling
  • Fry the cubed onions for 2 minutes in a little oil
  • Add the white wine and sugar and cook for a further minute
  • Add the soy sauce, honey, cubed char siu and sesame seeds and stir for a couple minutes.
  • Let this cool for 10 minutes
  • Assemble
  • Preheat the oven at 180 degrees Celsius
  • Cut the puff pastry into smaller rectangular/triangular pieces. Each puff pastry pocket needs 2 sides of cut puff pastry.
  • Once the filling is cooled, add the filling on the cut pastry pieces. Add around 1 teaspoon. Add another puff pastry piece over the filling.
  • Using a fork, firmly press down on the pastry edge to stick the two puff pastry pieces together. You should be left with 2 puff pastry pieces stuck together and wrapped around the filling.
  • Repeat this for every pastry piece.
  • Using a brush, add some egg wash over the pastry. This will help brown the pastry.
  • Bake this in the oven for 15 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius

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