Marinade for 4 bone-in pork chops (~ 1 kg total)
rice wine/dry sherry
1 large garlic clove, minced and mashed to a paste with 1/4 teaspoon salt
salt + pepper, Five-spice powder (Star anise (八角), Cloves (丁香), Cinnamon (肉桂), Sichuan pepper (花椒), Fennel seeds (小茴香))
Hoisin sauce (optional)
How to marinate
In a nonreactive dish (glass, ceramic, plastic, stainless steel), mix:
ACID + SALT + OIL + HERBS/SEASONINGS/SUGAR + TIME
wine + soy sauce + sesame oil + garlic, ginger, honey, oyster sauce, etc.
Marinate pork for 4-12 hours! I also used cornstarch, a classic ingredient for Chinese marinades that keeps the meat juicy.