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Roasted goose (top left)
chicken (top right)
Siu mei (Chinese: 燒味; Cantonese Yale: sīuméi), alternatively known as siu lap (Chinese: 燒臘), is the generic name in Cantonese cuisine given to meats roasted on spits over an open fire or a huge wood burning rotisserie oven. It creates a unique, deep barbecue flavor and the roast is usually coated with a flavorful sauce (a different sauce is used for each variety of meat) before roasting. Siu mei is very popular in Hong Kong and Macau. After meetings held between the Food Hygiene Select Committee, the Markets and Abattoirs Select Committee and the Street Traders Select Committee on a topic of "Sale of Cooked Food, Siu Mei, and Lo Mei in Public Markets" in 1978, the Siu Mei shops officially entered into Hong Kong public markets. The public market is a popular place for ordinary citizens to buy Siu Mei.
Usually meat of this type is purchased as take-out as siu mei takes a great deal of resources to prepare, and few families in Hong Kong or mainland China have the equipment for it. Shops generally have large ovens and rotisserie-like utilities for cooking the meat. Families order or prepare their own plain white rice to accompany the siu mei. A siu mei meal usually consists of one box comprising half meat and half rice, and maybe some vegetables. Certain dishes, such as orange cuttlefish, or white cut chicken, are not roasted at all, but are often prepared and sold alongside BBQ roasted meats in siu mei establishments, hence they are generally classified as siu mei dishes.
- Char siu (叉燒) - barbecued pork
- Siu ngo (燒鵝) - roasted goose
- Siu aap (燒鴨) - roasted duck
- White cut chicken (白切雞) - marinated steamed chicken
- Soy sauce chicken (豉油雞) - chicken cooked with soy sauce
- Siu yuk (燒肉) - roasted pig, with crisp skin
- Yu zhu (乳猪) - roasted suckling pig
- Orange cuttlefish (鹵水墨魚) - marinated cuttlefish
- Zoe Li (29 August 2011). "Hong Kongers eat 66,000 tons of siu mei a year". CNN Go. Retrieved 10 November 2011.
- Food Hygiene Select Committee, Markets and Abattoirs Select Committee, and Street Traders Select Committee. (1978). Sale of Cooked Food, Siu Mei and Lo Mei in Public Market (Committee Paper FH/58/78; MAB/75/78; ST/55/78). Retrieved 7 March 2019.