Wok-Less Yeast-Less Steamed Buns

"I have recently discovered steamed buns (Chai Bau) and I have scoured the internet looking for recipes that I can use to make them at home; however, every recipe I found required a Wok with a steam plate which is something I do not own. Then I discovered this recipe which does not require a Wok but can be done in a dutch oven instead if desired/needed it also does not require yeast."
 
Wok-Less Yeast-Less Steamed Buns created by The Spice Guru
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  • Dough:.
  • Dissolve sugar in warm water.
  • Sift the flour into a large mixing bowl, making a well in the center of the flour then pour the baking powder in the well.
  • Gradually pour in the water solution, stirring until all the ingredients are well combined.
  • Knead with lard, adding a little at a time, into the dough until smooth and elastic.
  • Cover and set aside.
  • Filling:.
  • Put the cut up pork in a large bowl and season with garlic, ginger, 2 teaspoons sugar, and 2 Tbs. soy sauce.
  • Mix well and set aside.
  • In a small bowl, combine 2 teaspoons sugar, cornstarch, 2 Tbs. soy sauce, sherry and water.
  • Stir well to make a slurry and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, heat a 12” Dutch oven or wok over high heat, add oil and heat until starting to smoke.
  • Stir fry pork mixture until browned, about 5 minutes.
  • Add onion and stir fry 2 more minutes until onions are limp.
  • Stir in cornstarch mixture and cook until thickened and bubbly.
  • Cool mixture to room temperature or refrigerate to chill.
  • Set aside.
  • Divide the dough and filling into 24 equal portions.
  • Flatten each portion of dough and roll into a 4” circle, leaving the center twice as thick as the edges.
  • Cup one circle of dough and place 1 portion of the filling in the center, pressing the filling down with the thumb.
  • With your other thumb and index finger, gather and pleat the edges of the dough up around the filling in loose folds, meeting at the top.
  • Twist the top of the dough to firmly seal.
  • Place on a piece of parchment paper, twisted side up.
  • Arrange buns on a cake rack in a 12” Dutch oven or the bottom rack of a Camp Chef UDO14 (Ultimate Dutch oven) then the top rack.
  • Let rise 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Carefully pour 1 cup hot water into Dutch oven, not getting water on the buns.
  • Cover and simmer over medium heat until water is evaporated or 10 to 15 minutes. Serve hot.
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  1. The Spice Guru
    Wok-Less Yeast-Less Steamed Buns Created by The Spice Guru
  2. The Spice Guru
    Wow -- these really do have an authentic texture and flavor! The dough was surprisingly easy to work with, even though it took a few tries before I realized the perfect filling amount should be exactly one tablespoon! It tasted like fare from a first-rate Dim Sum restaurant. Thank you for sharing your recipe. By the way, I couldn't stop laughing as I was snapping the photos -- I kept thinking I was looking at that famous Farrah Fawcett poster from the '70's -- or a scene from "Total Recall"! Made for PAC Spring 2010.
     
  3. dragon reader
    I have recently discovered steamed buns (Chai Bau) and I have scoured the internet looking for recipes that I can use to make them at home; however, every recipe I found required a Wok with a steam plate which is something I do not own. Then I discovered this recipe which does not require a Wok but can be done in a dutch oven instead if desired/needed it also does not require yeast.
     
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