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Char Siu Pork Lettuce Cups

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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + marinating Cook: 5 hours
  • Makes
    32 servings


  • 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


  • Combine first seven ingredients; pour into a large resealable plastic bag. Add pork; turn to coat. Refrigerate overnight.
  • 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.

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