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Chinese Steamed Buns with BBQ Pork Filling

This is a simple recipe for Char-Siu Bau. A wok equipped with a stainless steel steam plate--a plate with holes to allow steam to pass--is required to make these tasty buns.
Prep50 Mins
Cook50 Mins
Ready580 Mins
Servings24

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound boneless pork loin roast
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 3 tablespoons shallots, chopped
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

Steps

  1. 1Mix together pork, barbecue sauce, shallots, flour, chicken stock, soy sauce, oil, and sugar. Chill in refrigerator for at least 6 hours.
  2. 2Preheat grill for medium heat and lightly oil the grate. Cook the pork until an instant-read meat thermometer reaches 145 degrees F (63 degrees C). Allow to cool; shred or finely chop the meat.
  3. 3Prepare dough for Chinese Steamed Buns (see footnote).
  4. 4Shape dough into balls. Roll each out into a circle, (like won-ton wrappers). Put 1 tablespoonful of prepared meat mixture in the center of each circle, and wrap dough around filling. Place seam-side down onto wax paper squares. Let stand until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  5. 5Bring water to a boil in wok, and reduce heat to medium; the water should still be boiling. Place steam-plate on a small wire rack in the middle of the wok. Transfer as many buns on wax paper as will comfortably fit onto steam-plate, leaving 1 to 2 inches between the buns. At least 2 inches space should be left between steam-plate and the wok. Cover wok with lid. Steam buns over boiling water for 15 to 20 minutes.
  6. 6REMOVE LID BEFORE you turn off heat, or else water will drip back onto bun surface and produce yellowish "blisters" on bun surfaces. Continue steaming batches of buns until all are cooked.
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