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Cha siu bao are a traditional Chinese dish and one of my fiancee's favorites - she introduced me to them. Bao is the Chinese word for bun; cha siu describes the filling. I had several recipes, none of which turned out perfectly; this is a composite of 2 recipes, and I think I've got it. These are somewhat time-consuming to make, but are well worth it on special occasions. Prep time includes time for the bao to rise.
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For the filling
- 10 ounces cooked char siu pork (Chinese barbecue pork)
- 4 tablespoons mushrooms, chopped
- 1/3 cup water
- 3 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon hoisin sauce
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- red food coloring
- 2 teaspoons canola oil
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
For the bao
- 1You can use my recipe for char siu (#34265) or make it with a mix- both powdered and liquid mixes are available at Asian food stores.
- 2I like the Noh brand, personally.
- 3Chop the char siu and mushrooms finely.
- 4Combine the water and cornstarch and stir into the char siu and mushrooms.
- 5Add salt, soy sauce, sesame oil, hoisin sauce, and sugar, and add enough food coloring to color the mixture a bright red.
- 6Heat the oil and lightly cook the garlic, then add the rest of the filling mixture and cook until thick.
- 7To make the bao dough, dissolve the yeast and sugar in the water and let stand for 5 minutes.
- 8Combine water with salt, milk and oil; stir in flour.
- 9Knead 5-10 minutes or until dough is smooth.
- 10Divide dough into 8 even balls.
- 11Press a cavity into each ball, and spread the ball into a 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick cup.
- 12Fill the cup with 1/8 of the filling mixture, and press the edges closed to seal the bao.
- 13Cut waxed paper in 4-5 inch squares and place each bao on a piece of paper, sealed side down.
- 14Place bao in a steamer basket, cover, and let rise for 1 1/2 hours or until doubled in size.
- 15Bring the water under the steamer to a boil and steam bao for 10 minutes.
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Nutritional Facts for Cha Siu Bao (Sweet Barbecue Pork Buns)
Serving Size: 1 (774 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 1
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 233.0
- Calories from Fat 41
- Total Fat 4.6 g
- Saturated Fat 0.9 g
- Cholesterol 2.6 mg
- Sodium 324.1 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 40.9 g
- Dietary Fiber 1.6 g
- Sugars 2.4 g
- Protein 6.3 g
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