Char Siew Puffs (Char Siew Sow) - Dim Sum

Recipe by WaterMelon
READY IN: 1hr 50mins
YIELD: 12 puffs




  • Prepare Filling: Combine soy sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil, sugar and water and stir until sugar is dissolved; stir in cornstarch.
  • Heat oil in a pan, once hot, fry shallot till fragrant.
  • Slowly pour in the sauce mixture and cook until sauce thickens.
  • Add diced char siew to the sauce, stir to coat well.
  • Prepare dough: Sift all-purpose flour, baking powder, custard powder and icing sugar into a mixing bowl.
  • Rub in the butter until mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs.
  • Stir egg into the flour mixture to make a pliable dough.
  • Wrap dough in a large plastic bag (approx 20x30cm or 8x12inch) and chill for at least 30 minutes.
  • Remove dough from fridge and roll it out (in the bag) to obtain a 8 x 12" rectangle.
  • Cut the edges of the plastic bag and take the dough out; divide it equally into 12 portions (use a pizza roller/dough scraper for easier cutting).
  • Put some filling on each dough portion, fold it so that filling is enclosed; seal edges by crimping with a fork.
  • Brush the pastries with egg wash (lightly beat egg, water and salt together).
  • Bake in a preheated oven at 180-190°C or 350-375°F for 20 minutes until golden brown.
  • Serve while they are still hot or warm.