This is a steamed bun with a pork filling. I first tasted this in Japan, it warms you up on a cool day. And served with hot mustard and soy sauce it is perfection. I found this recipe by searching on the internet.
- 1 1⁄3 cups flour
- 3 1⁄2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 pinch salt
- 3⁄4 teaspoon instant yeast
- 3⁄4 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 1⁄3 fluid ounces milk
- 3 1⁄3 fluid ounces water
- 1 tablespoon vegetable shortening
meat filling (my version)
- 1⁄3 lb ground lean pork
- 5 leaves Chinese cabbage, cut into jullienne, steamed (microwaved)
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 inches section fresh ginger, minced
- 1⁄2 cup shiitake mushroom, sliced
- 1 dash sesame oil
- 1 dash soy sauce
- 1 dash oyster sauce
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon Japanese sake
- 1⁄2 tablespoon cornstarch
- salt (to taste)
- pepper (to taste)
- for the bun, mix all the powdered
- ingredients in a bowl and make a well in the centre
- pour the wet ingredients into the well and mix in thoroughly
- when they’re combined, add the shortening and knead until smooth
- rest at room temperature for 30 mins
- mix the filling and divide into 10 balls
- divide the dough into 10 balls and roll them out round.
- wrap them around the fillings, pinch and twist at the top
- let rest for 15 mins
- steam for 15 mins: add a splash of white vinegar to the water to prevent discoloration
- (makes about 10 nikuman).
I used to eat these almost every day for lunch when I lived in Japan. I was very excited when I found this recipe. I've made them twice so far and they are glorious. I have had a little trouble making the filling dry enough to not basically melt through the bun before I get it in the steamer. Also, I use less ginger and cabbage than what's recommended here. I really love them with spicy mustard.
In Thailand this is known as Sala-Pao. They come savory as mentioned and Sweet which is usually a mixture of salted peanuts, coconut and moistened with a little sweetened condensed milk.
These buns are sold all over the country on the streets and at celebrations off protable carts for 1 baht each or $.05.
I was in a Korean market and they had them frozen. 6 per package for $8.95 (sigh).
Nice to be able to make your own...Sawa-di-caup...Chef Jim
The BIG ONES are better!!!!!! They sell them in the corner stores over there.