For the steamed buns
- 1 cup waterwarm water
- 2 tsp instant dry yeast
- 1½ tbsp and some more for brushing oil
- 2 tbsp Sugar
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
I just love street food, there is something in the simplicity and the “take away” concept that is really to the point, this is how I feel about the Chinese steamed fold over buns.
I’m making all sort of breads and buns, the process is usually quite long and baking time takes at least 30 minutes, so when i got to know the steamed buns and the short process of making them it really made a difference.
There is such thing as spontaneous bread
when thinking of a great fun dinner the Chinese steamed fold over buns are a great option that doesn’t take much preparations.
These soft and tender buns can be filled with any kind of meat, fish, chicken or seafood you have in your house and gladly accept any gravy and sauce.
Chinese steamed fold over buns – the method
Making the bun dough is short, it is a basic dough that can be the base of many Chinese buns.
Making the basic dough takes about 5 minutes and proofing it takes about 2 hours, not bad for spontaneous bread, however the real bonus it the fast cooking time (steaming time) which is 5-9 minutes depending on the bun size.
Chinese steamed fold over buns is best with succulent tender meat that will compliment the buns and have the them absorbs all the juices of the meat.
For these buns I used thin rib which I oven roasted for hours, I gave it a quick sear on the pan cooking it in the fat of the meat (there is plenty).
The fun part is assembling the buns, in this part you can go wild with your favorite filling and create your own special bun.
Like any good street food, you eat it with your hands and it drips all over your shirt so go ahead and overload the buns and bite into it.
Making the steamed buns dough
Prepare a stand mixer with the hook attachment.
shaping the steamed buns
Place the dough on a floured counter and divide into 2 equal parts.
steaming the buns
Prepare small squares of parchment paper in the steamer and place buns on top
choose your filling (ribs of beef in this case)