China : Baozi 包子 : Meat buns

 

Baozi (包子 or Meat buns) are an extremely common dish in China. It’s convenient, tasty, and can be bought freshly cooked in most chinese supermarkets. They don’t require to be served with any side dishes. In Europe, it’s harder to find. Some people say that baozi are very hard to make, but ever since I saw a chinese cook do the whole process in front of me when I was living in Beijing, I decided that I needed to find a way to make them, because, to me, baozi and green tea are the tastes of China. Here is a detailed and rather simple recipe !

 

Ingredients for 4 people

For bread 

240g flour
1 c.s Yeast
2 c.c Baking powder
30g Sugar
1 c.s duck fat liquid
130 c.c of warm water

For the stuffing

350g minced pork
2 cloves garlic
A small piece from ginger
15cm Chinese leek
A little soy sauce
Salt and pepper
1c.s rice starch
1c.s sesame oil
Some black flavored mushrooms (dried)

 

Follow the guide :

Shape

Soften the mushrooms in hot water and chop. Grate garlic and ginger. Chop the leek. Mix well all ingredients in a bowl with your hands.

Bread

Put all the ingredients for the dough in a bowl and mix with your fingers. Then knead the dough well over the desk until it becomes smooth and elastic. Form a ball with the dough. (If dough is too soft, add flour gradually.)

First fermentation

Put the dough in a greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let the dough rise for about half an hour in a warm place. (For example an oven at 40 ° C). The dough will double in volume.

Health

Place the dough over the worktable, and flatten it. Cut the dough into eight pieces with a knife, and form 8 small balls. Remember to always protect the dough with plastic wrap so it does not dry out during preparation.

Flatten dough balls with a rolling pin and place the stuffing in the middle. Close balls and place them on baking paper, cut into square. Remember to place the closed side below.

Second fermentation

Let the buns rest for 10 minutes at room temperature. Then let them rise for 15 minutes in a warm place, uncovered.

Cooking

Cover the buns in baskets steam without touching it. Then put these steaming over a pot of boiling water.
Cook for 8 minutes, and you’re ready to enjoy this typical Chinese dish.