Steaming Bun without Filling

In north China, bread or something made with flour is more popular than rice on kitchen table. For example, I won’t miss rice if I don’t have it for a week, but I definately will miss something made with flour. And this is why you see me posting food made with flour a lot.

Ingredients:

wheat flour, yeast, sugar, salt, oil.

Methods:

1. Soak sugar and yeast into warm water, let the mixture sit for 5 – 10 minutes, let the yeast melt, and bubbles come up on the surface.

You don’t need  lots of sugar, I normally do same amount of sugar as yeast.

                

2. Pour flour into a bowl, add little cooking oil, tiny bit salt, then add yeast mixture into the bowl, form everything into a dough. Add more warm water if needed.

I know lots of people would say the flour brand or type doesn’t matter, you can get the same result. But I do like this brand better, and I always use bread flour instead of all purpose flour.

3. Coat the dough with cooking oil, keep it covered, then let it sit for at least 30 minutes, or until dough gets bigger.

4. Reform the dough, try to get as much air as you can out of the dough. then seperate the dough into small pieces.

5. Roll each piece into a smooth shape, put into the steaming tray. Then let it sit for about 20 minutes.

6. Pour cold water into steamer, heat it up with medium high heat with all the trays on. Turn heat into medium when water begin boiling. Cook for 15 – 20 minutes depends on the bun size.

7. Let the steamer sit for 5 minutes after cooking, then take the buns out, let them cool off.

8. Buns can be served warm, and can be reheat with microwave oven or steamer after cool.

Stuffed Bun with Chinese Chive and Egg

 

Stuffed Bun with Chinese Chive and Egg

 

I love stuffed buns since the filling bring much more flavor to the buns. This is one of my favorites among all the buns.

Stuffed Bun with Chinese Chive and EggStuffed Bun with Chinese Chive and EggIngredients:

Filling: Chines chive, eggs, dried shrimp, cell0phane noodle, seasoning

Wrap: flour, 2 tsp dry yeast, 2 tsp sugar

Stuffed Bun with Chinese Chive and EggStuffed Bun with Chinese Chive and EggMethod:

1. Mix yeast and sugar, soak in warm water. Then set aside until it’s covered by bubbles.

You can stir some to speed up the dissolving process.

Stuffed Bun with Chinese Chive and Egg2. Soak cellophane noodles in water until they get tender. Then soak in hot water until they get clear. Drain good.

3. Slowly pour yeast mixture into flour, stir quickly meantime, so flour stick together, turn into little pieces. Stop until you only see little loose flour.

Stuffed Bun with Chinese Chive and EggAdd more warm water if you need to. The dough needs to be really tender.

4. Form the flour pieces into a smooth ball, this is your yeast dough, set aside.

5. Stir Fry eggs, when eggs start getting firm, stir quickly so they turn into chunks instead of
a whole piece. Transfer to cutting board, wait until it’s cool, then chop into small pieces.

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Stuffed Bun with Chinese Chive and Egg6. Clean and chop the Chinese chive into really short string. Transfer to container, then coat with cooking oil.

7. Chop dried shrimp and cellophane noodles into small pieces, mix everything together, add seasoning to your taste.

For seasoning, I normally just use salt and little bit sugar, nothing else since Chinese chive has a strong flavor itself.

8. Separate dough into little even pieces, then roll into little round wrap, fill in fillings, seal good, then flip upside down.

Stuffed Bun with Chinese Chive and Egg          Stuffed Bun with Chinese Chive and Egg         Stuffed Bun with Chinese Chive and Egg

Stuffed Bun with Chinese Chive and Egg9. Heat up the frying pan, add cooking oil, adjust heat to medium low.

10. Fry the buns to golden brown, then flip, keep frying until both side turn golden brown.

11. Serve when hot.

I like to mix vinegar, soybean sauce and sesame oil together as dipping sauce, serve with stuffed buns.

 

Stuffed Bun with Chinese Chive and Egg