Wednesday, 18 September 2013

STEAMED PORK BUNS AND SWEET PORK DUMPLINGS

I had a hankering for pork dumplings last night, as I was putting together my failsafe recipe tipping in my rice wine I noticed an interesting smell and on further inspection found that it was full of mould - can rice wine do this? I didn't think so! Lucky for those pregnancy hormones making my smell super sensitive otherwise I think it would have gone unnoticed (since I tipped it in soy sauce and couldn't see that it was black when it should be very light brown)!

So it was back to the drawing board and I created this beauty instead. I felt like dumplings but knew that they wouldn't filly hubby up. I remembered seeing a Jamie Oliver segment last week and he made pork buns, so I thought I would give them a go as well and they were delicious! I even had one for breakfast and am tempted to make them again for dinner tonight (that's a big statement!!)

PORK BUN DOUGH

4 cups plain flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 tbs dried yeast
3 tbs sugar
1 tsp salt
1 C warm water

Combine most of the water, dried yeast and sugar in a bowl and allow to activate. You will know when this is happening when it starts to foam. Mix into the plain four, baking powder and salt adding more water as necessary until a smooth dough is reached, kneading for 5 minutes. Coat in oil and place in a bowl sitting in another bowl of warm water covered with a clean tea towel for 1 - 2 hours until doubled in size



WONTON WRAPPERS

2 C plain flour
1 tsp salt
1 egg
1/2 cup water

Beat the egg, water and salt together and mix into the flour until a smooth dough is reached, knead for 5 minutes until smooth and allow to rest for 30 minutes.

FILLING

500 grams lean pork mince
2 cups very finely chopped chinese cabbage
1/2 red onion very finely chopped
2 tbs vinegar
3 tbs sugar
1 tbs soy sauce
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbs sesame oil
2 cm piece ginger grated

Combine all ingredients and mix well.

ASSEMBLY DUMPLINGS

Roll out wonton dough very thin, I used my pasta machine and got the dough down to setting 1. It is possible to do by hand but really who can be bothered? Cut into 4-5 cm strips and place a teaspoon of filling and fold into a dumpling shape. Steam for 15 minutes.

Rolled out dough
Place a teaspoon of mixture on strips of the wonton wrapper
Fold in half
Fold the top over
Bring the corners together
And again of the other side, to make an eye.
Waiting, ready to be steamed.
Delicious!
ASSEMBLY PORK BUNS

Punch dough down and divide into 8. Flatten the dough in your hand until the size of a teacup saucer. Place 2 tablespoons of filling in the center and fold into a circular shape. Place on a greased piece of greaseproof paper and allow to sit for 30 minutes. Place in a steamer and steam for 20 minutes.

Divide the dough into 8 portions and flatten to a tea cup saucer size.
Add a couple of tablespoons of pork mixture
Fold the top and the bottom together.
Pinch together the sides.
Bring each corner together of the diagonal to form a circle.
Place on an oiled piece of greaseproof paper. Allow to rest for 30 minutes.
Steam for 20 minutes.
So yummy!

47 comments:

  1. Oh god they look amazing! I AM SO IMPRESSED! Thank you v much for linking this up so YUMMY!

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    1. Haha they were indeed! Pleasure thanks for having me :D

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  2. I want these but I don't want to make them! Somebody, somebody?

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    1. haha they weren't too bad to make, you could always purchase pre-made wonton wrappers....

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  3. I ADORE wontons - just don't have the patience or skill to make them :) x

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    1. They are amazing aren't they! Patients (and time) is needed though!

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  4. My girls will love this recipe and so will my stomach when they make them. YUMMMM

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  5. I'm very impressed with your bun dough - it looks so light and fluffy. I've tried them before and they had the right taste but the dough wasn't very light. I do make some mean yum cha dumplings though - if you are interested http://yinyangmother.com/yin-yang-yummmmm/...I'm going to try your recipe for sure. (you linked right up next to me on FYBF). ‎

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    1. Thank-you (so was I) I wasn't expecting it to be so lovely and light! Thanks for stopping by :D

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  6. I LOVE pork buns, but have never tried to make them. I sure will now.

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    1. These were the easier of the two to make mainly because they aren't so fiddly! The dough was simple to make and would be even easier if you have a food processor or dough hook attachment :D

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  7. mmmm yummy really should not look at this first think in the morning i am hungry now lol,Thank you for sharing i may have a go at these :-)

    Over from Friendly friday blog hop


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    1. Haha, everytime I look at them I start to crave them all over again! Thanks for stopping by :D

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  8. This sounds amazing and your step by step instructions are so helpful. Great recipe! Stopping by from Food on Friday.
    Easy Life Meal & Party Planning

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  9. thanks for the great recipe will have to try it I'm lorraine at http://lorrainesresources.blogspot.com found you from mama walkers blog hop

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! Have stopped by your blog as well :D

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  10. Thanks for the simple, step-by-step instructions! It makes trying new recipes so much easier. Thanks for sharing at Food on Friday!

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    1. It sure does, especially when it comes to folding dumplings! Thanks heaps for stopping by!

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  11. Love your step by step instructions! Got very hungry towards the end, though! :)

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    1. Thank-you, I thought it would be easier than trying to explain how I folded them :D

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  12. I saw Jamie Oliver make steam pork buns the other night and I'm officially obsessed. Your recipe looks so easy!

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    1. I know, that's what got me started on them (at the moment if I see something I have to eat it) :D Thank you for stopping by!

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  13. Yum! We're off for yum cha tomorrow and pork buns are my girls' favourite, I'll have to give making them a go!
    #FYBF

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    1. Oh sounds like it will be a great time at yum cha! They are so easy to make I encourage you to give them a go! :D

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  14. Wow, thank goodness for those pregger's keen sense of smell. Yes indeed, apparently rice wine can go bad after a while if you have opened it and do not keep it in the fridge. Mine did go bad too that way, not sure about yours.

    Your pork buns look so easy with those step by step instructions and definitely a must try so you can make your own buns and filling. I will try it soon :)

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    1. I know! Good to know for next time. My last bottle lasted for ages in the pantry and I assumed that this one would too (although it was already in there for quite a while!) This next bottle will be kept in the fridge, thanks for the tip! They really were so easy to make :D Thanks for stopping by!

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  15. I just love Steamed Pork Buns and am so excited to have this recipe. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope you are having a great weekend!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

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    1. They are delicious! Thanks for stopping by :D

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  16. They do look SUPER YUM. I'm a bit jelly.. I wonder how a GF version would go? Hmm a task for another day :)

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    1. Oh I won't tell you they were yummy then ;) Not 100% sure how GF would go, I think they may need the gluten to give them that texture (but I have never experimented with gluten free flours so I have no idea really!)

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  17. Those look ambitious and delicious. Have you tried freezing a batch?

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    1. They were delicious! I don't do well with freezing as I find that a lot of what I pre prepare goes to waste, so prefer to cook fresh on the day!

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  18. These look good!
    Come link up and share!!
    http://thediaryofarealhousewife.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank-you! will pop over and check it out :D

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    2. Thank-you! will pop over and check it out :D

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  19. These sound delish!! Don't forget to link up to The DIY'ers. http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-diyers-30.html

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  20. I just adore steamed buns! We ate them for breakfast when I was in China and they were simply the best.

    Would love for you to share this at Empty Your Archive - we are linking up favourite pork recipes this week, Alice @ Mums Make Lists

    http://mumsmakelists.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/empty-your-archive-27.html

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    1. Thanks so much for sharing Nathalie - am featuring the buns at this week's party, Alice

      http://mumsmakelists.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/empty-your-archive-27-features.html

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