Remember that sticky, sweet, aniseedy sauce that you get in Chinese restaurants? I think it's used in Char Siu. Here is a way of making it at home.
6 tablespoons thickish honey
3 heaped tablespoons oyster sauce
4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 teaspoon chili flakes
4 whole star anise
salt and pepper
(i) Mix ingredients together. Marinade whatever you want for a good while beforehand.
The book I got this from says this is enough for 1.5 kg / 3 lbs of pork ribs. I'd be interested to hear what good uses our animal-loving friends would find for such a marinade.