I basically followed this recipe for the dough and most of the way for the filling.

Here's what the first half dozen looked like before steaming

They turned out much nicer than I expected. The dough was fluffy and had a similar texture to the pork buns I have had in the past. I think I'm about 80% of the way to where I would want to be and I think I know how to improve the next batch. Major improvements would include more tender dough and more filling in each bun, these were a little on the skimpy side because I was afraid of them exploding as they steamed. Knowing that the result is at least edible was a huge weight off my shoulders. I took a few to a friends house for a dinner party and they were well received. I think I'm going to stuff the next batch with ground chicken, miso paste, green onions and pepper.

Solid 7.5/10, will definitely be making again.


demure:

    I think I'm going to stuff the next batch with ground chicken, miso paste, green onions and pepper.

Then you'd have 鸡包 (chicken bun)! 叉烧包 (cha siu bao) means "bbq pork bun" (but you may already know this)


posted by OftenBen: 103 days ago