Chicken bun

Steamed Chinese Chicken Buns

chicken bun

For 8-10 pcs

Dough:

380g  flour
1 1/2 tsp yeast (regular one or super GS for Bak Pau)
1      tsp baking powder
85g   powder sugar
150ml water
20g   white margarine
1/2    tsp salt

Filling:

160g  chicken (breast or tights)
1        onion
4        cloves of garlic
1        Tbs Oyster sauce
1        Tbs Sweet soy sauce
1        Tsp salt
2        Tsp white pepper
1        Tsp sesame oil
1        Tsp corn starch (with 2 Tsp water)

1. Mix 200g flour, 10g powder sugar and 1,5 tsp yeast in a bowl, then add 110 water (best is room temperature); mix everything well and knead for 5 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic. Cover the bowl with a wet kitchen towel and put aside at a warm place. The dough hast to sit 1 hour to rise.

dough for buns

2. Bring a pot with 500 ml water to a boil and add the chicken; let it simmer for about 15 minutes (you need the broth for the filling). Chop onions and garlic finely and put aside separately. When the chicken is cooked, remove it from the broth and cut into small cubes.

garlic and onions for bunscooked chicken for buns

3. Heat up a pan with 1 tablespoon oil and add onion cubes; roast for about 2 minutes before adding garlic and chicken. Roast for another 1-2 minutes, then add soy sauce, oyster sauce, pepper, salt and 100ml chicken broth; turn down the heat and let it simmer for about five minutes. Add the water-cornstarch mixture and stir very well, the sauce will thicken a little so it’s not too liquid as bun filling. When the consistence is a bit jelly, turn off the heat and add sesame oil (you add it last because it gets bitter very easy over too much heat).

Filling for chicken buns

4. When the dough was sitting for one hour, it should have doubled in size. Now remove it from the bowl and put aside on a plate. Add 180g flour, baking powder, 175g powder sugar, margarine, salt and 40ml water in the bowl. Mix it together with the dough you already made. Knead very well for several minutes until the dough is very smooth, elastic and even.

5. Now you can make your first bun. Remove a piece of the dough and flatten it on the table (sprinkle with a little bit flour before). It should be 3-4mm thick and cover the size of your hand. Add one tbs filling in the middle and close the bun (if you practice a bit you can close it with folds, but in the beginning just close it like a little sack).

6. Cut out a piece of baking paper in the size of the bun and put the bun on top of it (I put the bund upside down, to have an even surface. It looks nicer if you are not able to close the buns using the folding method.

Chicken buns in steamer

7. Repeat for 8-10 buns until the dough is finished. Then heat up a steaming pot and add the buns; steam for 10 minutes. Remove from the pot and let them cool down for 5-10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

Chicken bun

Chicken bun

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