Hello guys, today I have something special in store for you guys. We are making Chinese BBQ pork buns! I love these and buns in general. Making buns may sound intimidating at first, but once you learn the basics, you’ll be making buns all week! I can’t wait for you to try this delicious recipe! Check out my recipe for the Chinese BBQ pork.
As a family, we go to dim sum all the time, and guess what’s on the menu (rather, on the cart)? Pork buns! We always get these along with some other dim sum staples. We also find them at the Asian grocery store sometimes and they are also quite popular at Asian bakeries. They are often more expensive to buy than making them at home. I make all different kinds of buns at home with my family, and the method is the exact same as those recipes, just with a different filling. The world of buns is huge, and hopefully I’ll get to share more of that with you in the future, but here is this recipe for now.
The recipe name speaks to exactly what you’ll need for this recipe. The main ingredients include flour (to make the bun), and pork (for the filling). The sauce that I am using for the pork is called Char Siu Sauce. I prefer to make it from scratch so I can control the amount of sugar added. A super important step is to flavor the oill with some green onion and red onion! I think this takes the flavor to a whole new level! If you are feeling lazy, there is a good premade sauce from Lee Kum Kee. There are other minor ingredients that go into this recipe; hopefully they are all something you already have.
Chinese BBQ Pork Buns (Char Siu )
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 ½ tsp instant yeast
- 1 cups warm water
- 16 oz diced up Chinese barbeque pork
- 1 cup water
- 1 tbsp flour
- 2 tbsp corn starch
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- 1 ½ tbsp sugar
- 1 tbsp oyster sauce
- 2 tsp sesame oil
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 stalk green onion
- ¼ red onion
- First start by whisking together the flour and instant yeast. Then slowly mix in the warm water. Once it is combined, kneed with your hands for 2 minutes. Let the dough rise for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
- Make the sauce by combining the flour with 1 tbs of water and the corn starch with 2 tbs of water. Pour those both into a medium size mixing bowl, along with the remaining water.
- Then add the soy sauce, oyster sauce, sugar, and sesame oil.
- Heat up the olive oil in a sauce pan, and add the green onion and red onion. Sautee the onions until fragrant. This take about 5 minute. Removed the onion from the pan, but leave the oil.
- Add the sauce to the sauce pan, and stir continuously until it becomes a thick paste. Set aside in the fridge until it has completely cooled.
- One the sauce has cooled, mix it together with the diced up BBQ pork.
- Take the dough out of the mixing bowl and knead for 2 minutes. Then cut the dough in half and roll both halves into long log shapes.
- Cut the log shaped dough into 1 inch cubes.
- Take a rolling pin and roll each dough ball into a flat circular shape. Then fill the wrapper with the pork filling.
- Take one edge of the circular wrapper with your index finger and pinch the dough together with your thumb. Continue in a circular pattern. Go check out the video below to see a tutorial on the wrapping.
- Once the buns are formed, place in a steamer basket and steam for 12 minutes.