Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 30 mins

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  1. Mix warm water with yeast and let it rest for 5 minutes.
  2. Sieve flour and baking powder together into a mixing bowl and stir in sugar till well mixed.
  3. Pour yeast solution into flour mixture and knead to form a smooth dough. Ensure that there are no holes in the dough.
  4. Divide dough into 4 equal pieces each and wrap with 20g filling. Form dough into sou pao shape.
  5. Let it prove in a warm place for 20 minutes.
  6. Steam on high heat for 8 minutes.
  7. Use the back of a knife to impress a line on the steamed paus.
  8. Sprinkle some red colouring using toothbrush and a toothpick by dabbing the toothbrush with red coloring and using the toothpick to make zigzag movements on the toothbrush.