(Note: information in this post has been updated thanks to my fabulous sister Shannon The Movie Moxie! Thanks for filling in the gaps Shannon!)
I love bread. I am CRAZY about bread. It is my diet nemesis and I do not care. I have given up a lot of foods in my life but refuse to budge on the bread issue. Atkins be damned!
When I lived in Toronto I used to go to an Asian bakery called Yung Sing in a very cool neighbourhood on Baldwin Street close to Chinatown. Our family used to go there and pick up their baked buns all of the time. I tried everything and my favourite was the barbecued pork.
Today, I do not eat pork and came across this recipe for Steamed Pork Buns and got all sad because I no long eat pork (and it has nothing to do with the flu, I just really loved the movie Babe, enough said). Then I’m like, Suzie? What are you thinking? Of course you can do this recipe, just change the filling silly.
I sautéed up some spiced chicken, rolled it around in some barbecue sauce and added some minced garlic and lime juice. The filling turned out easy, it was the dough that was ridiculous!
There is something wrong with that dough recipe. Way too much flour I think. I could not get it together by hand so I discarded all the leftover flour, threw the dough in my mixer and let it beat the hell out of it. As a result, I could not get the mixer bowl off when done so I had to take my rolling pin and smack the handle to make it turn counter clockwise to release the bowl! Next time, I will use a different dough recipe!
One thing I love about this cooking technique is you can make buns without turning the oven on! Perfect for summer cooking ideas. And because the filling is already cooked, you just have to cook the dough on the stove and it only takes 15 minutes. You must let them rest for 10 minutes though which was very hard to do, they looked so yummy.
This recipe makes 10 buns. I divided the dough in half and will use the other half to make a pizza tonight. You cut the remaining dough into five pieces and roll them out, put the filling in the middle and gather up the seams and twist them. Place the buns seam side down and steam.
My only complaint (other than the ridiculous dough recipe) is that the buns need some kind of glaze on them and maybe a few sesame seeds? Perhaps I am just being picky, but isn’t that a foodie’s job?
I hope this inspires you to try something new in the kitchen. I love foodie adventures, don’t you?