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Baozi/ Bao (Chinese Steamed Buns)

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Being a member of foodie group gives varied exposure to a lot of cuisines. I get inspired to try out certain new dishes that I see. One such dish that caught my fancy was Baozi/ Bao, also known as Chinese Steamed Buns. What really attracted me was the way it was presented.Three little piggies on a steamer. They looked so adorable that I wanted to replicate them right away. After a bit of browsing, I zeroed in on the recipe of Chinese steamed buns by Flavours of Asia.

As I had the piggies in mind, I took out a little bit of the dough, added some colour and then shaped them into tiny ears and nose and stuck on the dumpling. I can’t tell how anxious I was to see the final product. On serving them, my boys said “They look too cute to be eaten.” As for the filling, I decided to do an Orange Chicken Filling. You can go ahead and make any filling of your choice, Vegetarian or Non- Vegetarian.

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Baozi/ Bao (Chinese Steamed Buns)
Being a member of foodie group gives varied exposure to a lot of cuisines. I get inspired to try out certain new dishes that I see. One such dish that caught my fancy was Baozi/ Bao, also known as Chinese Steamed Buns. What really attracted me was the way it was presented.Three little piggies on a s
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 60 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
portion
Ingredients
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 60 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
portion
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Take warm water in a bowl.
  2. Add the sugar and yeast and let rest for 10 minutes or till frothy.
  3. Take the flour and baking powder into a large bowl and mix well.
  4. Pour in the yeast mixture and vegetable oil.
  5. Knead the dough till smooth and elastic.
  6. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl.
  7. Cover the bowl with a piece of cling film and set aside in a warm place until the dough has doubled in bulk.
  8. Place the dough on a floured board.
  9. Divide it into 2 portions; gently roll each piece into logs.
  10. Cut each into 5 to 6 pieces or more.
  11. Repeat the process with the other portion of dough.
  12. Roll each portion to a ball.
  13. Cover with a damp cloth and allow to rest for 10 minutes.
  14. Flatten each piece of dough with your palm, and then use a rolling pin to roll it out into 4 xbd to 5 inches inch circle.
  15. Brush the surface with sesame oil.
  16. Fold the dough in half.
  17. Place the dough on a parchment paper and let rest for 20 to 30 minutes.
  18. Place a steamer with water on heat.
  19. Immediately place all the Baos for steaming.
  20. Steam for 10-15 minutes or till you get the smell of cooked Baos.
  21. Switch off heat. Do NOT open the lid right away.
  22. After cooling, remove the lid and take out the Bao.
  23. Serve with any filling of your choice.
  24. You may place them in a casserole and serve them later.
  25. If it is cold, arrange them in a microwave proof plate, cover with a damp cloth and heat for 30 seconds.
  26. This is done to ensure that the Bao remains soft and fluffy.
  27. Those who are wondering how to make the piggies,here is how you do it.
  28. Once you have kneaded the dough, take a tiny portion and add some colour. Knead well.
  29. After proofing, take a portion of the ball in your palm and flatten in to form a 2" circle.
  30. Put in a spoonful of the filling and cover the filling, to form a ball.
  31. Take the coloured portion and shape ears and nose and stick to the ball with some water.
  32. For the eyes, I used Nigella seeds. Stick them with water.
  33. Steam them till cooked through.
  34. Voila !! Your cuties are all set to be served 🙂
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  1. Sundari Giri says:

    your steamed buns really look too cute, love the pink nose and ears to the contrast white/cream color

  2. Sundari Giri says:

    your steamed buns really look too cute, love the pink nose and ears to the contrast white/cream color

  3. Mareena Jerrish says:

    Thank you 🙂

  4. Mareena Jerrish says:

    Thank you 🙂

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