Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Char Siew Bao (Baked) 烤叉烧包

Again, we find some char siew in my kitchen from the time I made Wanton Mee. Surely there are a ton of things to do with char siew right? I fried it in fried rice, I made the steamed char siew bao, so now I decided to make something that I like to get at bakeries - char siew in a bread! :) 

  • 1 teaspoon yeast
  • 1/2 cup sugar + 2 tablespoons
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 2/3 cup warm water
  • 1 egg + 1 egg (for eggwash)
  • 3 cups flour (maybe more)
  • 3/4 - 1 lb chopped char siew
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons cooking wine
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

  • Add 2 tablespoons of sugar and all the yeast to a mixing bowl with warm water. Let this yeast mixture prove for about 10 minutes, or until it is frothy.
  • Add all the ingredients for the dough, to the yeast mixture, and knead it until the dough stops sticking to your hands. If the dough is wet, add flour, tablespoon by tablespoon, and continue kneading until the dough stops sticking to your hands.
  • Cover, and let the dough rise until it doubles in size. (Takes about 2 hours or so.)
  • After rising, knead the dough to remove the air bubbles in it, and divide dough into 16 equal pieces.

  • For the filling, add one tablespoon of cooking oil to a hot pan, and fry the chopped onions until slightly brown and fragrant.
  • Add the chopped char siew, and the rest of the seasoning ingredients.
  • Stirfry until everything is evenly combined.

  • Roll out the dough into a flat pancake about four inches wide. If possible, make the middle thicker than the edges.
  • Scoop a tablespoon or a tablespoon and a half of filling onto the middle of this pancake.
  • Bring the edges together by pulling opposite ends together, turning 90 degrees, doing the same to the other side. Twist the ends, together and put the pinched end on a 4x4" sheet of baking paper.
  • Do the same to the other 15 balls of dough.
  • Set the dough aside for another hour to rise. 
  • Coat with eggwash, and bake in the oven at 375F for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Serve.

this is the money shot!

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