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Char Siu Pastry (Cheater’s Version)

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This char siu pastry (char siu sou) is a traditional dim sum, made with flaky pastry and juicy bbq pork. Armed with this easy recipe, you can make some and enjoy with a cup of your favourite teat at home at any time.

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Char siu pastry (aka char siu sou, 叉燒酥 in Chinese) is easily found at Chinese yum cha restaurants in Hong Kong or overseas. The juicy char siu (BBQ pork) is wrapped inside flaky pastries made with lard or shortening. You can tell how delicious and awesome the pastry will be.

With this easy-to-make recipe, you can skip all the fussy steps and make some awesome and flaky char siu pastry on the go.

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My daughter is a big fan of any dishes made with puff pastry, no matter it’s savoury or sweet. Sweet dessert with pastry is her first choice without any doubts though. As for making these char siu pastries, I took a short cut using the store-bought puff pastry and came up with a cheater’s version. These char siu pastries are perfectly served when they’re still hot, with a cup of favourite Chinese tea.

Char Siu Pastry Recipe

(Printable recipe)

Course: Bakery, Snack
Cuisine: Chinese
Prep time:
Cook time:
Yield: makes 6

  • 1 tsp minced shallot
  • 1/2 onion, about 40 gm
  • 80 gm char siu (bbq pork), diced
  • 1/2 Tbsp Lee Kum Kee char siu sauce
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 1 packet store-bought puff pastry block, 375 gm, thawed at room temperature
  • whisked egg, for egg wash
  • 1 tsp cornflour / corn starch
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • sesame oil, to taste

How To Make Char Siu Fillings

How To Make Char Siu Pastry

  1. Heat oil in a frying pan. Sauté the shallot over medium-high heat until aromatic. Add the onion and cook until soft and translucent, followed by the diced char siu. Stir in the char siu sauce with the water. Cook until it starts to boil. Add the thickening and cook to your preferred consistency. Transfer to a large bowl and let it cool down. Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 200C / 395F.
  3. In the meantime, lightly sprinkle flour on a clean surface. Roll out the puff pastry into a 32cm x 22cm ( 12.5inch x 8. 5inch) rectangle sheet with a rolling pin. Use a 10-cm (4-inch) cookie cutter to trim out 6 circles.
  4. Place a heaped tablespoon of char siu filling in the middle of each circle. Damp the sides with water and seal tightly. Repeat this step with the remaining fillings. Carefully transfer the char siu pastry on a lined baking tray. Lightly brush egg wash on pastries. Cut 2 to 3 slits in the middle of each pastry surface. Sprinkle sesame seeds. Bake in the preheated oven for about 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve hot.

  • You can get puff pastry block from supermarkets.
  • To get the best results, transfer the frozen puff pastry from freezer to fridge overnight before using. Then place it at room temperature for about 15 to 20 minutes. If the weather is warm, the time might be shortened. Just wait until the dough is workable for rolling out. Don’t wait too long though.
  • You can make your own char siu (Here’s BBQ pork recipe) or use the ready-made from Chinese BBQ shops.
  • The pastry can be cut into different shapes as desired.


  1. Christine, this is my mum's favorite too. I will try this soon.

  2. Love this using frozen puff pastry! And it looks even better than the real thing! Yum....

  3. Christine, can I use puff pastry sheet instead of puff pastry block?

    1. Sure, you can use puff pastry sheet. You'll get thinner pastry.

  4. Hi Christine, can you please advise me what to do with the balance pastry if I were to bake the round puffs? TQ

  5. Hi, thanks for posting all these recipes! I was just wondering if you know how to make the pastry dough from scratch and not use store bought ones?

    1. Thanks for dropping by.
      I like store bought puff pastry. It's handy and save a lot of time of making it.

  6. Ohh thanks for this recipe. I love yum cha and I love this! :)
    I make malaysian curry puff using the same store-bought puff pastry.
    It makes life a lot easier using store-bought one :)

  7. Using puff pastry is inspired. Bet you could also make a curry chicken filling, too. Thank you for your wonderful site, Christine. Kind regards, Dorothy

  8. Hi Dorothy,
    Thanks for dropping by. You make me crave for some curry chicken puffs. Yum...