My mom used to make delicious, tasty Bánh Bao; Our house would be full of them. My father helped her to kneed and roll out the dough. My sisters helped her to assemble them. They would often laugh at each other' s funny looking bao.
Every time a new batch of buns came out, we all looked at them to see what shape they would take. It was a lot of fun. Now, everytime my daughters see me making banh bao, they would sit next to me and help pass out the circle papers that go under the bao. They always get to taste my first batch of fresh, steaming Bánh Bao.
|An-Hy watched me making Bánh Bao...|
RECIPE: Steamed Pork Bun
Make: 16 buns
2 teaspoons of lime juice or lemon juice
3/4 pound or 0.7 pound Ground Pork
3/4 -1 small Onion, chopped
6-7 tablespoons Black Fungus, soak until soft, rinse and finely chop
1/2 cup chopped vermicelli bean threads (Bún Tàu)
1 1/2 tablespoons Oyster Sauce
2 1/2 teaspoons Sugar
1 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Black Pepper
2 Chinese Sausages, each cut into 16 round slices
2 boiled eggs, each cut into 8 pieces
16 Paper Circles using paper or parchment paper
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Keep 1 tablespoon of flour on a side for later. Pour the remainder into a mixing bowl.
Mix sugar, lemon and water or milk together. Pour the mixed liquid slowly into the flour bowl. Kneed flour and continue adding liquid until it forms dough. You should use the palms and heels of your hands to push forward on the dough. Be sure not add too much liquid. After 10 minutes of kneeding the dough, add oil and kneed it for another 5 minutes.
The dough should be soft and should not stick to your hands. I usually have a little bit of liquid left (about 2 and 1/2 tablespoons) at the end. If you pour all of it into the flour bowl, the dough will be too mushy. If it sticks to your hands, that means it has too much liquid. In this case, just add more flour to achieve a nice soft dough. Cover the mixing bowl with foil paper and a cloth or towel. Leave it somewhere that is not cold (I usually leave it in the oven) and let it rise for about 1/2 an hour to 45 minutes. Divide dough into 16 balls. While waiting for dough to rise, prepare the filling.
Mix all the ingredients except sausages and eggs. Do a taste test by microwaving a teaspoon of meat for about 10 seconds. Taste the meat and adjust the ingredients to your liking. Divide the meat into 16 balls. Rub your hands with a little of oil while making the meat balls so that it won't stick your hands.
Roll out each dough ball but not too thin
Put a meat ball in the center of dough
Add 2 pieces of sausages and 1 piece of egg
Hold the edges of dough over the filling and start folding it into layers while using the other hand's thumb push down the filling. At the end, twist all the layers to make it stick together
Put the completed bun on a piece of circle paper
Boil 1/2 of water in a bottom layer of steamer at high heat
Arrange buns on the other layers of steamer. Leave space between each bun to make room for it to rise and expand
Steam the buns when water starts boiling
After 15 minutes, the buns should be puffed up and they are ready to eat