Made this after watching a Jamie Oliver show on how to use leftover pulled pork. Took others recommendations to use some wheat flour to get some extra fiber and they turned great. There is a lot of work in making these from scratch if your not an astute baker, but a nice treat. Even better if you make extras ahead and put them in the freezer ready to go.
Steamed Pork Buns (Char Siu Bao)
These buns are a grab-and-go street food in China. They were also popular in our Test Kitchens, where they earned our highest rating. Use a multitray bamboo steamer so you can cook all the buns at one time. To make them up to two months ahead, fill the dough, and freeze unsteamed buns on a tray in the freezer before placing them in a freezer-safe zip-top plastic bag. Steam directly from the freezer for an additional five minutes.
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- Calories: 259
- Calories from fat: 21%
- Fat: 6.1g
- Saturated fat: 0.9g
- Monounsaturated fat: 3.2g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 1.5g
- Protein: 14.3g
- Carbohydrate: 35.7g
- Fiber: 1.6g
- Cholesterol: 27mg
- Iron: 2.9mg
- Sodium: 343mg
- Calcium: 54mg
- 1/2 teaspoon five-spice powder
- 1 pound pork tenderloin, trimmed
- Cooking spray
- 1 cup thinly sliced green onions
- 3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
- 1 1/2 teaspoons honey
- 1 teaspoon minced peeled fresh ginger
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup warm water (100° to 110°)
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 package dry yeast (about 2 1/4 teaspoons)
- 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (about 14 2/3 ounces)
- 3 tablespoons canola oil
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1. To prepare the filling, rub five-spice powder evenly over pork. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat the pan with cooking spray. Add pork to pan; cook 18 minutes or until a thermometer registers 155°, turning pork occasionally. Remove pork from pan, and let stand 15 minutes.
- 2. Cut pork crosswise into thin slices; cut slices into thin strips. Place pork in a medium bowl. Add onions and next 7 ingredients (through 1/4 teaspoon salt); stir well to combine. Cover and refrigerate.
- 3. To prepare dough, combine 1 cup warm water, sugar, and yeast in a large bowl; let stand 5 minutes.
- 4. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Add flour, oil, and 1/4 teaspoon salt to yeast mixture; stir until a soft dough forms. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic (about 10 minutes). Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in size. (Gently press two fingers into dough. If indentation remains, dough has risen enough.)
- 5. Punch dough down; let rest 5 minutes. Turn dough out onto a clean surface; knead in baking powder. Let dough rest 5 minutes.
- 6. Divide dough into 10 equal portions, forming each into a ball. Working with one dough ball at a time (cover remaining dough balls to keep from drying), roll ball into a 5-inch circle. Place 1/4 cup filling in center of dough circle. Bring up sides to cover filling and meet on top. Pinch and seal closed with a twist. Repeat procedure with remaining dough balls and filling.
- 7. Arrange 5 buns seam side down, 1 inch apart, in each tier of a 2-tiered bamboo steamer. Stack tiers; cover with lid.
- 8. Add water to a large skillet to a depth of 1 inch; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Place steamer in pan; steam 15 minutes or until puffed and set. Cool 10 minutes before serving.
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