Thursday, November 10, 2011

Chinese Comfort Food

Being out here in Utah with family has been awesome.  We are definitely cooking up a storm.  My sister-in-law is very much a foodie just like I am.  Her entire family, dad, brothers are professional chefs, just like my dad.  So cooking is serious business in our family. This past weekend, we spent the entire Sunday making what I call Chinese comfort food.  We made Char Siu Bao, (roast pork steamed buns) and another version with a mixture of ground pork, nappa cabbage and shredded carrots. These baos took like 5 hours to make, because the dough needs to sit for 2 1/2 hours to rise.
The recipe we used can be found here.

After the dough has risen, use enough dough to be rolled out for one bun. 
Put filling in the dough.
Then pinch up the sides up to the top and twist.
The buns go into a steamer, and this is what it looks like after 20 minutes of steaming.  Ooooh, good stuff!
We also made Chinese Egg Tarts, which is a yummy egg custard dessert.
Recipe here:
It's an incredibly easy dessert.  Next time, I think I'll use cupcake liners, though these did come out of the muffin pan fairly easily.
We had these for lunch.   Typically you'll find these goodies at any good dim sum restaurant.  If none are near you, make your own!!
And believe me, it's totally worth the effort!


  1. I cannot tell you how awesome it is that you made the steam buns. One of my oldest friends mother would make me an entire bag or plastic container full of these things because she knew I loved them. Thank you thank you. I will be adding this to my list of things to make.

  2. I could get into living with professional chefs.


  3. Delicious!!!!! Have not made these in years. Must do so again, thanks for the reminder.

  4. Mmm! Looks so good! Sort of reminds be of Bierrocks, a German "bun" with a dough like that and filled with ground beef and cabbage and baked.

  5. I've never heard of steamed bread. I'll have to look up that recipe. Both your buns and tarts look yummy!

    I used to have a friend from South Korea, and she taught me how to make a few things, but I didn't follow through, and don't remember how to make them now. I did buy some cookbooks on ebay, that I have neglected. Maybe I'll get those out, too.

  6. Oh I love love love Char Siu Bao. My Husband is from Hong Kong introduced me to the delights of dim sum. He loves when I order it cos he loves hearing me try to say it. The staff always laugh too.

  7. These look so yummy. Someday when I'm feeling brave I may try to make some. I'm very intimidated by anything called dough especially when it has to rise...Save one for me!


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