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    Char Siu Bao (Pork Buns)

    Char Siu Bao (Pork Buns). Photo by Pneuma

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    Cook Time:

    1 hrs 20 mins

    1 hrs 10 mins

    10 mins

    Maito's Note:

    I adapted the char siu recipe from my friend Mitch's late Great Uncle Kennie's recipe. Making these dim sum buns does take a bit of time, especially if you make the meat yourself, but the results are wonderful! If you have an Asian deli that sells char siu (Chinese BBQ pork), that will save you time. Times assume meat is pre-bought or made ahead of time. Thanks to Pneuma for putting this recipe in her best of 2008 cookbook!

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    Serves: 4-8



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    For the filling

    • 1 1/2 cups char siu pork, cut into small dice (store bought or recipe below)
    • 1 tablespoon peanut oil
    • 1 tablespoon ginger, minced
    • 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
    • 1 tablespoon sweet chili paste (or garlic chili paste)
    • 4 scallions, sliced

    For the dough

    For the meat


    1. 1
      To make meat:.
    2. 2
      Combine marinade. Marinate pork at least 3 hours, or overnight.
    3. 3
      Cooking methods:.
    4. 4
      a) place meat on a roasting pan with a rack -- with the pan below filled with water and roast at 350 F until done (turn over half way through) OR.
    5. 5
      b) cook in a crock pot with 3 cups of water for 1 hour on high and then 7 hours on low or until it flakes apart (this is the method I have used) OR.
    6. 6
      c) you could try grilling or broiling the meat, but it might lack some of the moisture that the other two methods will give you.
    7. 7
      To make filling:.
    8. 8
      Sauté ginger in hot peanut oil, stirring constantly, for about 4 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and mix with hoisin, chili paste, green onions and meat. Let cool.
    9. 9
      To make dough:.
    10. 10
      Mix yeast, sugar and warm water; let proof (sit and rise) for about 10 minutes.
    11. 11
      Place flours and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook, if available. (This can also be done by hand).
    12. 12
      Add yeast mixture. Knead until homogeneous and dough forms a ball.
    13. 13
      Let rise in a cool place to minimize air bubbles, about 15 minutes.
    14. 14
      Portion dough into 16 balls, flatten them, and place a small amount of filling into the center of each.
    15. 15
      Pinch back to close and form a ball shape.
    16. 16
      Place balls on lightly oiled piece of parchment or waxed paper (oiled plastic wrap would probably work too). Let proof 15 minutes, or until double in size.
    17. 17
      Place in a covered steamer, and cook for 8-10 minutes.
    18. 18
      Eat now or cool completely and freeze in ziplock bags (to reheat: steam 10 minutes).
    19. 19
      Enjoy the fruits of your labor!

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on January 20, 2010


      I love this recipe. Anything that makes us feel like we're eating out with out having to spend money is always good. Got the pork from a Chinese restaurant down the street and made extra to take to work. If you buy the pork and have a standing mixer this isn't too time consuming to make for a week night dinner. Served with Soy and Honey glazed chicken wings and fried rice with Chinese sausage. Yummy!

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    • on November 05, 2008


      Very time consuming but boy is it worth it. I used the recipe on 8 pieces of pork chops since that was all I have. Baked them at 375 for 1 hour, chopped them up then followed the rest of the directions. The char siu flavor is right on!! Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe. The next time, I will definitely use the pork char siu for my dinner or fried rice.

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    • on February 19, 2008


      Fabulous char siu. I happened to be in chinatown so bought some ready made just out of the oven char siu for this. It is really important to either make the char siu in the recipe or buy it, don't just think any old piece of meat can be used, the melding of flavors won't happen. Will make it often :) the dough was just like my favorite dim sum recipe as well

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    Nutritional Facts for Char Siu Bao (Pork Buns)

    Serving Size: 1 (237 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 895.7
    Calories from Fat 115
    Total Fat 12.8 g
    Saturated Fat 3.2 g
    Cholesterol 68.1 mg
    Sodium 1257.3 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 145.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 6.0 g
    Sugars 33.3 g
    Protein 41.3 g

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