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Siu yuk
Sliced Roasted Pig
Literal meaningroasted meat

Siu yuk (Chinese: 燒肉; pinyin: shāo ròu; Cantonese Yale: sīu yuhk; lit. 'roast meat') is a variety of siu mei, or roasted meat dishes, in Cantonese cuisine. It is made by roasting an entire pig with seasonings, such as salt and vinegar[1] in a charcoal furnace at high temperature. [2] Roasted pigs of high quality have crisp skin and juicy and tender meat. Usually the meat is served plain with its skin, but it is sometimes served with soy sauce or hoisin sauce.


When individual pieces are served, it is known as "roasted meat" (Chinese: 燒肉; pinyin: shāo ròu; Cantonese Yale: sīu yuhk).[2] When the entire pig is served, the dish is known as "roasted pig" (Chinese: 燒豬; pinyin: shāo zhū; Cantonese Yale: sīu jyū). In most cases it is referred to by the former term since it is always consumed in small quantities.[3]


Southern China

Another dish of roasted pork

The southern Chinese style of cooking is nearly identical between the south parts of mainland China and Hong Kong. Sometimes, the entire pig is purchased for the sake of special family affairs, business openings, or as a ritualistic spiritual offering. For example, in the entertainment industry in Hong Kong, one tradition is to offer one or several whole roast pigs to the Jade Emperor to celebrate a film's opening with a roast pig; the pig is sacrificed to ward off negative reviews from critics in return to pray for the film's success. One garnish used to make the dish look more appealing is topping the roast pig with circular slices of pineapple and glacé cherries for eyes. The roast pig is often presented in red wrapping paper and a red box for luck.

Overseas Chinatowns

In many overseas Chinatowns, due to the majority of migrants outside of China coming from the south, the cooking style served in restaurants is almost identical to that found in Southern China.[citation needed]

See also


  1. ^ "Chinese Crispy Pork Belly". RecipeTin Eats. 2019-02-04. Retrieved 2019-02-15.
  2. ^ a b Christine Ho (March 21, 2011). "Crispy Roast Pork Belly (脆皮燒肉)". Retrieved 28 October 2012.
  3. ^ "Siu Mei Kung Fu". 2010. Retrieved 28 October 2012.