Steamed Bao – Chinese Steamed Buns
Steamed bao are Chinese buns which are made by steaming a simple bread dough. They can be made plain or have a variety of tasty fillings like custard, meat or bean paste. In this recipe, I make the buns for my favourite Taiwanese style slider, gua bao. Enjoy!
- 1/4 cup water
- 5 tablespoons milk
- 2 1/4 cups flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 3 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening, melted
- 1 teaspoon white vinegar
Combine water and milk in a small bowl. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, and baking powder. Slowly stir in the water mixture, and when absorbed, stir in the shortening and vinegar. Turn the dough out to a floured surface and knead for 10 minutes until smooth and elastic. Cover the dough and let sit under plastic for 1 hour.
Makes 16 bao.
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