Char Siu Bau(Steamed Pork Buns)/Bollos De Cerdo Char Siu

Another recipe from the book, “The Food Of China”….



300-400 grams of Char Siu Pork shredded
2-3 Spring Onions chopped
1 Crushed Garlic Clove
1 Tablespoon of Oyster Sauce and Light Soy Sauce
1 Teaspoon of Sugar
5 Drops Of Unblended Sesame Oil
A Small Drop of Cooking Oil
1 Tablespoon of Rice Wine(Use a light Brandy, if you cannot find rice wine)

250-500 grams of Plain Flour
A Pinch of Salt
1 Teaspoon Of White Sugar
1-2 Packet of Dried Yeast


To do this combine the flour, salt, and yeast. Add some oil, and warm water and start to mix the dry ingredients into a dough. The dough shouldn’t be too wet and sticky-You should be able to make a soft, and not dry dough. Knead the dough until it forms a soft and smooth dough. Reserve for a moment.

Fry the spring onions on a high heat stirring continously. Add the garlic,meat, and seasonings. Fry for 2 minutes, then turn off the heat.

Shape the dough into individual balls.. And:If using 250 grams of flour to make a bread dough, this will provide around 6-10 balls, depending on how big you want to make the buns.

If using 500 grams of flour to make the dough, this will make around 12-20 buns.

Take one ball, and with a thumb, make a well into the dough. Scoop some of the meat mixture with a teaspoon, and put into the dough. Gather all the “free edges”, and pinch together, then gently roll into a ball again. Repeat as necessary for the other balls.

Heat a vegetable/rice steamer, and place upto 4-6 at a time and leave to steam until they have risen and are fluffy. This should take around 10 minutes. Serve with Chilli Oil or even, Peri-Peri Sauce(Although this is not authentically Chinese!). Enjoy!!


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