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Steamed Bun Dough

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Chinese Steamed buns
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This is basic recipe for making the steamed bun dough used in Char Siu Bao

Yields 24 buns

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  • 1 package dried yeast or 1 cake fresh yeast
  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 4 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Crisco or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seed oil


Dissolve yeast in lukewarm water. Add 1 cup of flour. Mix thoroughly. Cover with cloth. Let rise 1 hour, until bubbles appear.

Dissolve sugar and vegetable oil in 1/2 cup boiling water. Stir well. Cool until lukewarm. Pour into yeast mixture. Add 3 1/2 cups flour.

Knead dough on lightly floured board until smooth. Put into extra large, greased bowl in a warm place. Cover with damp cloth. Let rise until double in bulk, about 2 hours.

Divide into 2 portions. Remove first portion and knead 2 minutes. Repeat with second. Roll each into roll 12 inches long and 2 inches wide. Cut into 12 pieces (24 total).

Flatten each piece with palm of hand. Roll with rolling pin into 3 inch circles.

Brush with sesame seed oil. Indent middle of circle with chopstick. Fold circle in half so that it becomes a half moon. Crimp edges tightly with fork.

Place each roll on separate square piece of foil on steamer tray. Cover tray with towel. Let buns rise to double in bulk, about 30 minutes. Remove towel.

Steam, tightly covered, over briskly boiling water for 10 minutes. Serve with Peking Duck, Crispy Duck, or with any filling you desire. May be prepared in advance. May be frozen. Thaw out in plastic bag and re-steam 10 minutes.

(*Note: This recipe is reprinted from "Madame Wong's Long-Life Chinese Cookbook", courtesy of Sylvia Schulman).
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Just like Mumma's home cookin!, Member MsShea804

When I found this, I was very excited about this popular asian ""dinner roll"" and was amazed by how simple and cheap it was! Yes, it takes a long time to make but most of the time is spent on waiting and they taste just like the way my mom used to make it! I thought that it would be tampered with ""american"" flavors but it taste just like the real deal! I put green onions in one batch and the plain batch taste great with butter and peanut butter! Yum-yum!!

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