"This recipe was found in the Hawaiian Islands, a favorite of the locals! It is a soft roll filled with a sweet and savory chopped pork, marinated in a Hawaiian style barbeque sauce and baked to perfection! Your family and friends will love them! A larger sandwich can be made from this recipe also, just by making your dough larger portions."
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Ready In:
4hrs 10mins
12 Appetizers




  • Filling:

  • • In a small size mixing bowl, combine garlic, ginger, oil, sugar, honey, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, rice wine, food coloring, water, salt and five spice powder. Mix well.
  • • Pour the glaze over the pork and let marinate in the Char Siu sauce, covered overnight in the refrigerator.
  • • The next day, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. bake the pork (covered) in the oven for 45 to 55 minutes or until fork tender. Turn oven up to broil and place meat under broiler for 3 to 5 minutes until the char Siu (pork) is slightly charred. Remove from oven, wrap in foil and let rest for at least 15 minutes.
  • • Chop pork into small diced pieces. Add chopped green onion and combine.
  • Dough:

  • Place the sugar and warm water in a bowl; mix until sugar dissolves. Add yeast and leave it for 5 minutes until it starts to get foamy.
  • • Sift flour into a large size mixing bowl. Add yeast mixture, egg, oil and salt; stir to mix. Use your hands to bring the flour mixture together.
  • • Place dough on a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 to 6 minutes or until smooth and slightly elastic.
  • • Place in a lightly oiled, large size bowl; cover with a damp cloth and leave to rise until doubled in size, approximately 2 to 2 1/2 hours depending on room temperature.
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  • • Assemble:

  • • Once dough has doubled in size, punch it down and divide into 12 even portions; shape into round 1 inch size balls.
  • • Use a rolling pin to roll a ball into a 2-inch disk. Then pick up the piece of dough and gently pull the edges to enlarge to a 3-inch diameter disk. The dough will be slightly thicker in the center.
  • • Place a rounded tablespoon of filling in the middle of the dough circle. Gather the edges and seal the bun. (Use water on your fingertips if needed, to seal your edges).
  • • Place the bun, seal side down, on a greased baking sheet. Continue with the rest of the dough, leaving 2 inches in between each roll.
  • • Once all buns are filled, brush surface with egg wash.
  • • Place in a preheated oven of 350 F for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Cook's Note: These appetizers can be made ahead of time and frozen for up to 3 months.

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