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Roast Pork Bao(Steam Chinese Bun)

I never make Bao 包/Pau in my life.Some people called Steam Bun,Pau or Baozi.It's all the same,just different language and version. I been wondering how this yummy delicious delicacy are made ?.When I was in Malaysia,I bought a pack of Bao flour from Bake with Yen.I been thinking,one day I should make my own Bao until I see My Kitchen Snippets make her own Boa.Gertrude post initiated me to make my own Bao and I'm going to make Char Siu Bao 叉燒包!!

How is my Bao looking?.Not bad for first timer,right?Elliot praise me ,said it's look like the one he see in Chinatown!!

Anyway,I bought a pack of premix bao flour when I was in Brooklyn weeks ago.
I also bought a Dim Sum recipe book by Patsie Cheong from Malaysia.I do some alternation in her recipe to suit my taste.
*For Dough*
500 gm Bao flour
2 tsp double action baking powder
2 tsp instant yeast
1 tsp bread improver
1 cup shortening
230 ml water
For Filling:
400 gm leftover roast pork(diced)
1/2 cup green peas
1 nos onion(diced)
2 tbsp oyster sauce
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp thick soy sauce
3 tbsp water
salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp cornflour for thickening(2 tbsp water)
35 wax paper cut 1x1
1:Heat wok to stir fry the filling ingredients until cooked.Stir in cornflour solution to add into the ingredients.Let it cooked thoroughly and set aside for cooling.
2:Prepare instant yeast with warm luke water and add in sugar.Pour in dough mix and knead into a smooth dough.Divide into small balls or 20 gm each.
3:Flatten each small dough with rolling pin and wrap in filling.Carefully close all the edges.
4:Cover with damp clothes for 30 minutes or the dough doubles in size.
5:Arrange in steamer and steam in high heat for 10 minutes.
Yield 35 pieces
Note:If you use per mix flour as shown above ,the package weight only 450 not 500 gm.I mixed another 50 gm bread flour.If you notice I didn't add in oil to stir fry my ingredient,that because my roast pork have fats.If you prefer a bigger Bao,then you make the dough bigger.After steamed all the Bao,I Ziploc and put in fridge.Whenever we want a Bao for snack,we just microwave for 20 second and it's good as it's.
My conclusion,this Bao is really easy to make.Elliot have been eating this Bao for breakfast for the last 3 days.He not a Chinese food person but still he eat my Bao,that mean American who love bread will love Bao too !!.



Anonymous said...
May 22, 2008 at 6:45 AM

Lesley, did you still add baking powder to the ready-mix flour? I just add milk, sugar and a bit of oil and the pau still kembang really big :) I like the way you crimp the top of the pau. I had problem doing that :) :)

Anonymous said...
May 22, 2008 at 6:52 AM

oh my i miss to eat this. i tried making this once when i was a teenager and it was a total disaster.;since then i just buy them cooked! i love the way you did it looks really pro

Anonymous said...
May 23, 2008 at 5:04 AM

Very good result for a first timer to make char siu pao. :D

Anonymous said...
May 23, 2008 at 6:00 AM

Never made own Bao before. Back in California, it's easy to get store-bought Baos from the Asian supermarket and I just steam them. They are actually not too bad. $3.99 for 6!

Good job in making your own Bao. Scrumptious!

Anonymous said...
May 23, 2008 at 1:52 PM

yes,I still add in baking powder in the flour.I'm not good at closing the edges,as long as it closed that matter.

Thank you:)I can get bao in Chinatown or Dim sum restaurant.Just wanna to try and see how I do.And now I know it';s not hard at all

Thank you:)

Thank you:).I can get frozen bao in chinatown with different flavor but just wanna to try my hand on sometimes new..It's fun,if you have time,just try it out!!

Anonymous said...
May 25, 2008 at 6:44 AM

hmmm..I smell nice char siew pau..!

btw got a friendly love link for you at my place...helps in PR and traffic..

Anonymous said...
May 25, 2008 at 2:41 PM

sweet jasmine:
Than you:).I'm going to hop over now!!

Anonymous said...
May 26, 2008 at 7:07 PM

I made my pao from the pao mix too, way easier. Have yet to make it for awhile, getting lazy. Yours look very good and the filling looks delicious btw.

Anonymous said...
September 26, 2008 at 6:59 AM

I would like to know where bread improver can be purchase. Thanks.


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Hi!! My name is Lesley and I'm a simple SAHM(stay at home mom) who currantly live in Long Island,New York with my daughter Mishu and hubby Eliot .I'm Malaysian who live in US and A for many many moon and I'm also a person who love to eat, cook and bake. If you have any suggestions ,questions or comments please feel free to email me at beachlover1917(at)yahoo(dot)com. To know more about my life or my kitchen you can always hop over to my other 2 blog.