Char sui puffs

Contains pork – recipe is for non-Muslims only

We’ve combined sausage rolls with the flavours of Chinese char sui pork – doubly delicious!

  • Prep:25 mins
    Cook:25 mins
  • Serves 20
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 163
  • fat 11g
  • saturates 5g
  • carbs 11g
  • sugars 1g
  • fibre 1g
  • protein 4g
  • salt 0.5g


  • 225g plain flour
  • 125g slightly salted butter, wrapped in foil and chilled
  • 400g pack pork sausages
  • 2 tsp five-spice powder
  • 2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 2 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • thumb-sized piece ginger, finely grated
  • a little flour, for dusting
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tbsp black and white sesame seeds


  1. You can make the pastry up to 2 days before. Weigh the flour into a bowl and add 1/2 tsp salt. Holding the butter by the foil (to prevent it from becoming too warm), grate it directly into the flour on the coarse side of the grater. Dip the block of butter into the flour every now and then, and mix the grated butter into the flour with a cutlery knife to prevent it clumping together in the bowl. When the butter is evenly distributed throughout the flour, pour in 100g cold water. Mix with the cutlery knife until it clumps together. Tip onto your work surface and knead briefly to bring the pastry together – don’t overwork or you’ll lose the pockets of butter, which will create the layers. Wrap in cling film and chill for at least 30 mins.

  2. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6 and line two baking trays with parchment. Squeeze the sausagemeat from the skins into a bowl. Add the five-spice, oyster sauce, hoisin and ginger. Mix until fully combined.

  3. Lightly flour your work surface. Roll out the pastry to the thickness of a 50p coin, then use a 10cm biscuit cutter to stamp out as many circles as you can. Fold the scraps back on themselves, but don’t scrunch up the pastry, or you’ll lose the layers. Re-roll and stamp out a few more if you can – you should make 18-20.

  4. Scoop the sausage mixture into balls (the size of cherry tomatoes) with a spoon and put in the middle of each pastry circle. Brush a little beaten egg over the pastry, then fold three sides in to partially cover the sausage and create a triangle shape, pinching the corners together. Brush more egg over the top of the pastry and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Arrange on the trays and bake for 25 mins until golden brown. Cool on the trays, ready to pack up for a picnic – or serve warm. Will keep in the fridge for up to 2 days.

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