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 filled with 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.
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