Char Siu Pork Lettuce Cups

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. + marinating Cook: 5 hours


32 servings

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
The Asian influence here in the Hawaiian islands inspired my char siu recipe. It’s tasty as is, in a bun, on a lettuce cup or over rice. We make it often so we have leftovers to add to fried rice, ramen and salads. —Karen Naihe, Kamuela, Hawaii
Char Siu Pork Lettuce Cups Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 teaspoons minced fresh gingerroot
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
  • 1 boneless pork shoulder butt roast (3 to 4 pounds)
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 32 Bibb lettuce leaves
  • Shredded carrots, sliced green onions, shredded red cabbage and toasted sesame seeds, optional


  1. Combine first seven ingredients; pour into a large resealable plastic bag. Add pork; turn to coat. Refrigerate overnight.
  2. Transfer pork and marinade to a 4-qt. slow cooker. Cook, covered, 5-6 hours on low or until tender. Remove; when cool enough to handle, shred meat using two forks. Skim fat from cooking juices; stir in chicken broth. Thicken if desired. Return pork to slow cooker and heat through. Serve pork in lettuce leaf and garnish with desired toppings.

Nutrition Facts

1 lettuce cup: 99 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 245mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 0 fiber), 8g protein.