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Steamed Buns (for Bao or siopao)

Cooking Method
Difficulty Advanced
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 5 cups flour
  • 1.5 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1/3 cup shortening

    1. Mix the warm water and yeast. Let it sit and bubble for 5 minutes.
    2. Put the sugar, flour, baking powder and shortening in the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the yeast mixture. Knead using the dough hook for 7-8 minutes.
    3. Cover with a damp towel or cling film and let it rise for 1.5 to 2 hours.
    4. Bring a large pot of water to the boil and line some bamboo steamers with parchment paper or banana leaves.
    5. Punch the dough down. Roll into a long cylinder and cut into 16-20 portions. Form as needed (stuff or leave as is). Place them in the steamers, leaving at least 1 inch between the pieces as they will rise while cooking.
    6. Steam for 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat but leave covered until read to serve.
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