I have to admit I’m ambivalent about coleslaw. Offer me a spoonful of ready-made bought coleslaw swimming in a gloopy white dressing and I’ll almost certainly refuse. On the other hand, if it’s homemade and the vegetables are lightly coated in mayonnaise but still clearly visible and identifiable, then it’ll be a different story altogether.
Coleslaw is a perfect side dish for a barbecue and so when I was asked if I would like to take part in the Lee Kum Kee Summer Carnival and create a perfect dish for a barbecue using some of their sauces I was happy to take part. I was sent samples of Lee Kum Kee Chiu Chow Chilli Oil, Premium Oyster Sauce and Oriental Sesame Dressing as well as Char Siu Sauce.
For me, when I think of barbecues the first thing I always think of is burgers and I was quite tempted to just go down that old familiar route. After all, the Char Siu Sauce mixed with beef mince made a tasty juicy burger. Fortunately I decided to play around with the sauces a little more.
My lovely husband is always telling me that barbecue sauce goes well with coleslaw. Although he isn’t talking about Chinese barbecue sauce, I thought why not try a traditional coleslaw but with Asian bbq flavours instead? I added just enough of the Char sui Chinese bbq sauce to the coleslaw to give it that lovely Chinese bbq flavour and even added some to a burger too! A double dose of Char Siu flavour.
Even though I don’t eat a lot of creamy dressings on salads I loved the flavours and from now on, it may not only be my husband who reaches for the bbq sauce whenever we have coleslaw.
If you’d like to take part in the Lee Kum Kee Summer carnival and barbecue your way to Asia then head over to LKKCarnival.com and play a short matching game to win. There are prizes every week including cooking classes, supermarket vouchers and cookbooks plus one lucky winner really will bbq their way to Asia by winning return tickets for 2 to Hong Kong.
Ingredients – Serves 4 as a side dish
120g grated carrot
100g finely sliced white cabbage
80g finely sliced red cabbage
1 red onion, finely sliced
2tsp char sui sauce
How to Make Char Siu Coleslaw
- Mix all the vegetables together with the mayonnaise.
Add the char sui sauce. Add 1.5 tsp then taste and add an extra half teaspoon if required.
Disclosure: I was sent the sauces for free to try but the opinions and recipe are my own.