I have always enjoyed dumplings, wontons and well pretty much any type of dough with something hidden inside… they are like little packages with a surprise…
I remember when I was young a friend of mine and I would go to China town in Montreal and buy these amazing steamed bbq buns and I loved them… and I bet I would still love them if they didn’t have a ton of red food colouring in them…
Last winter, I had a bit of pork left over from a batch of pulled pork I had made and after having eating leftovers, I decided to change things up a bit and added some hoisin and garlic black bean sauce and chinese five spice… it was such a delicious mix! I made my dough for buns and was about to make a normal batch of hamburger buns when I go the idea to stuff them with the mix…
What I ended up with was such a treat!!
These are absolutely amazing! They are easy and pretty quick to make, they are fun to eat and the kids love them and they are great to bring with you the next day for a lunch and can even be eaten cold..
First make the insides of the buns… this can be anything… bbq pork? shredded chicken? the meat mixture from my meat and sweet potato pie? curried potatoes?
- 1 lb of either ground pork or ground beef
- 1 finely chopped onion
- 1/3 cup hoisin
- 3 tbsp garlic black bean paste
- 1 tsp chinese five spice mix
- 1 tsp garlic powder
For the dough (I use the same dough for hamburgers and hotdog buns):
- 1 1/4 cup of warm water + 1/4 cup of warm water
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup oil
- 2 1/4 tsp yeast
- 3 1/2 – 4 cups of flour
- 1 Tbsp kosher salt