Tuesday, March 31, 2009

A tricky bbq pork bun business.......

I don't even have a picture of them this time, cause they got devoured so quickly.... it is not even funny! The one above is from a while ago :)

Even since the first time I made them........BTE, CS, and MW have not stop requesting them......I have even recruited the whole of Ryan household to make some a while ago...........

Since I haven't made them in a long while, I decide to produce some to satisfy those hungry minds :)

I said I was going to post the recipe a long while ago, but i forgot.......so I will do that this time..........

Cha Siu Bao (BBQ Pork Buns)
Make about 12


2 ¼ cups of All purpose flour ( I usually use 1 ¼ cup of bread flour and 1 cup whole wheat)
3 tsp baking powder
½ C white sugar
2 ½ tbsp vegetable oil
3 tbsp water
8 tbsp milk

1. In a large mixing bowl, mix all dry ingredients together (flour, sugar and baking powder)

2. Add milk to the mixture and mix it with your hands until the flour completely absorbs the milk

3. Add water and mix it with your hands until completely absorb

4. Add vegetable oil and try to form dough. At this point the dough is still not very smooth and elastic.

5. Take the dough out of the bowl and knead for about 15 to 20 mins until dough become smooth and elastic

6. You can also do all that with the bread maker just follow the procedure of adding the ingredients

7. Cover the dough with saran wrap and let it rest for an hour

8. Divide dough into desire size, row them flat with a rolling pin (roll the edges thinner for easier wrapping) and is ready for use


1 C diced BBQ pork (pork marinated with Chinese BBQ sauce and cook either on BBQ or in the oven)
½ C diced onion
*I also like to put other vegetables in them, e.g. yellow squash, zucchini

Seasoning for the filling

½ tsp sesame oil
1 tbsp Chinese cooking wine
1 tbsp oyster sauce
2 tsp ketchup
1 ½ tsp soy sauce
2 tsp sugar
2 ¼ tsp corn starch
5 tbsp water


1. Heat oil in medium low heat and add chopped onion in pan, sauté until golden brown (about 5 mins)

2. Turn to medium high heat, add pork and sauté for a few min

3. Add Chinese cooking wine and give it a quick stir

4. Add all other seasoning (except corn starch) and 3 tbsp of water and allow to simmer for a few min

5. Mix corn starch with remaining water and add the pork mixture

6. All the sauce to thicken (keep stirring)

7. Turn off the heat and add sesame oil and mix well

8. Allow to cool and sauce thicken

9. Ready for filling


1. Fill flatten dough with fillings

2. Steam for 8-10 mins on boiling water until bun become nice and fluffy

I usually have to put them into bags and separate them so everyone gets a fair share of them........and this is how much they love them.......

CS and BTE came home after a day of boating and wanted some...... but they weren't going to share, so each of them took one out of their own bag..............then when CS was about to leave.....BTE was like "do you want to look after MW's bag?"............and CS was like "of Course......extra buns for me"...................I had to hide MW's in the freeze so they won't disappear into the boys' stomachs......

Then the next day I ask BTE if he can bring MW's pork buns to her at the soccer game.....and BTE's response was....... "sure..... but it will cost her.......one pork bun for delivery"........

See......BTE and CS have also went as far as wanting me to make "all you can eat pork buns" for them.........

See that is why it is a tricky business........I can only make some many.........sigh

but Thanks, boys and girls for loving them so much :)