Bao

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(Chinese steamed, filled buns)

Bao, also known as baozi, are pillowy, soft buns that are either steamed or baked. They come with a variety of fillings and are a common item in dim sum shops. Bao are a favorite breakfast or mid-morning snack.

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Makes 20-24 buns

Ingredients

  • Warm water, warm (about 110°F) -- 1 cup
  • Active dry yeast -- 1 (1/4-ounce) package
  • Flour -- 1 cup
  • Sugar -- 1/4 cup
  • Shortening or oil -- 2 tablespoons
  • Water -- 1/2 cup
  • Salt -- 1 1/2 teaspoons
  • Flour -- 3 to 3 1/2 cups
  • Filling (see variations) -- 3 cups

Method

  1. In a large bowl, stir together the 1 cup warm water and yeast. Let set for about 10 minutes to allow the yeast to proof.
  2. Stir the 1 cup of flour into the yeast mixture until smooth. Cover with plastic wrap and set in a warm place to rise for about 1 hour.
  3. While the batter is rising, add the sugar, shortening or oil and 1/2 cup water to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium flame, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  4. Stir the cooled sugar water into the batter mixture. Next stir in the remaining 3 to 3 1/2 cups of flour. Remove to a lightly floured work surface and knead to form a soft, smooth dough. Place the dough into a large, greased bowl, cover, and let rise until doubled in size, from 1 to 2 hours.
  5. Punch down the dough with your fists and knead gently another 1 to 2 minutes. Divide the dough into two equal halves. Roll each half into a log and cut each log into 10 or 12 pieces. Roll each piece into a round about 3 inches wide. Place 2 tablespoons of filling in the center of each round. Pull the edges up around the filling and twist to seal the top.
  6. Place the filled rounds on a tray lined with parchment or wax paper. Cover with a towel, and let rise until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.
  7. Set up a Chinese bamboo steamer over a wok or pot filled with 1 to 2 inches of water . Steam the buns in batches for about 10 to 12 minutes per batch. Serve warm.

Variations

  • Chan Bao: bun filled with BBQ pork, onion and oyster sauce.
  • Char Siu Bao: BBQ pork bun (see Char Siu recipe notes).
  • Dow Sa Bao: sweet bean paste bun.
  • Fo Tui Bao: ham bun. These are usually brushed with an egg glaze and baked instead of steamed.
  • Ga Lei Bao: curried beef bun. These are usually brushed with an egg glaze and baked instead of steamed.
  • Gai Bao: chicken bun.
  • Lat Cheung Bao: Chinese sausage bun.
  • Lin Yung Bao: sweet lotus bean starch and egg yolk bun.
  • Mui Jeung Gai Bao: plum sauce chicken bun.
  • Pork and Cabbage Bao: see recipe.
  • Xiao Long Bao: juicy pork. Popular in Shanghai.
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RECETA DE LOS BAO (DUMPLINGS- DIM SUM)

Lamentablemente la receta que presentan, solamente comprende la manera de preparar la piel de los dumplings, misma que es posible comprarla ya preparada, sería interesante que en verdad den las recetas de relleno de los diferentes dumplings