Who doesn’t love the Bao Bun?! These guys are so delicious!
If your ever in London be sure to check out BAO – just trust me you will love it and they are delicious and worth the time in line to get a seat!
This recipe is from the one and only Chef Sofia Warsaeus.
Its pretty easy and worth the time to make them!
Please note this is a bit more time consuming so read through the recipe then allow yourself the time you need to get things together, I had the pulled pork already pulled and literally just re heated it for these buns so it made like a lot easier!
What your going to need:
1 1/2 tsp active yeast
1 cup water – luke warm
2 Tbsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp Baking powder
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
sesame oil for brushing
1 chop stick!
So what your going to do here is:
Add the sugar to the cup of warm water mix till dissolved add in the yeast.
Set aside until its activated probably about 10mins.
Place flour and Baking powder in a mixing bowl and mix to combine.
Add the yeast mix into a well of the flour mix, add the oil and continue mixing until it starts to become a dough – knead the dough for 10 mins until elastic and smooth and springs back to the touch.
Set aside in a oiled bowl and leave to double in size, or there about!
Tip the dough out and lightly knead again, roll out slightly and divide into 4 sections divide each section into 4 or 6 small balls kinda golf ball size, leave to sit for 5 mins.
While you have left the dough balls to rise once again for 5 mins cut up your baking paper squares roughly the size of your rolled out balls!
Roll out each ball into the size of a small pizza leaving them about 1/2 cm or so thick, brush with sesame oil, use the chopstick to create a fold into your circle so you now have a bao bun.
Place onto the small paper squares and leave on a tray to rise while you roll out the rest, leave the whole batch to rest for 20-30mins you should see them puff up a bit more!
Using a bamboo steamer over a pot of boiling water steam the buns for 10 mins.
Remove and cool then fill with all your delicious fillings!
Pork belly, duck breast, pulled pork, pulled jackfruit, vege stir fry, marinated tofu, the options are endless!
You can also pickle vegetables, use some fresh herbs, cilantro, mint etc!
So many options.
Enjoy and please let me know any questions and comments.