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Recipe for Steamed Baozi Buns

This recipe for steamed baozi buns is a yeast leavened, steamed bun that can be filled with a meat or other mixture. Baozi are staples in Chinese cuisine.

Trivia: According to Wikipedia, Baozi buns are also known as bao, bau, nunu, pow or pau .

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Steamed Baozi Buns Recipe

Bun Ingredients

1 tablespoon of yeast
2 tablespoons of flour
1/2 cup water, lukewarm
1 teaspoon of sugar
1/4 cup of sugar (second amount)
1/4 cup of oil
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1 cup of warm water (second amount)
a dash of walt
4 cups of flour (second amount)

You can fill with any number of meat or vegetarian fillings. The following is one possibility.

Filling Ingredients

Use one of the following three meat ingredients, OR a combination of all of them.

  1. The ground meat from two chicken breasts
  2. 1 or 1 1/2 pounds of pork, ground up
  3. 3/4 to 1 pound of ground Char Siu. Char Sui is the Chinese barbecued meat, usually pork, that you can purchase in Asian supermarkets or grocery stores.
plus:
3 tablespoons of soya sauce
3 sliced green onions
4-5 Chinese mushrooms, which you have rehydrated, if using the dried variety. Whether using dried or fresh, slice them into thin pieces.
1 teaspoon of cornstarch
1 tablespoon of oyster sauce
chopped cilantro

Preparation

Begin by making the filling. Marinate your filling in the soya sauce, green onions and mushrooms. If you opt to use Char Siu, you will also use the cornstarch and the oyster sauce. Omit these two if you are not using Char Sui. Add the chopped cilantro in amounts you prefer.

Mix together the yeast, first amount of flour, first amount of water and the sugar. Place this in a warm location and leave it for a quarter of an hour.

Mix the remaining ingredients in a separate bowl and leave it for thirty minutes.

Combine the yeast mixture and the flour mixture. Stir this well, then knead until a sphere forms.

Cut this into 25 equal portions. Form the portions into balls.

Flatten the buns a little and place equal amounts of the marinated meat mixture in the center of each bun. Fold this up, forming a ball again, with the meat safely inside.

Place the Baozi buns in a steamer, like the highly rated Black & Decker HS1000 Handy Steamer with Flavor Scenter Screen.

Turn the steamer to the high setting, put the lid on and cook for 20 minutes. If you are using the Char-sui, cook for less time, perhaps 15 minutes.

These Chinese steamed Baozi buns are good for lunch or for any meal, depending on the filling you choose.


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