Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Steamed Bun (Pau)

I've always loved Steamed Buns or as we normally call it here, PAU (pow) ,with red bean filling so when I found its recipe I tried it straight away. And my first attempt of making my own pau was a success,I guess. Though it wasn't as white as I wanted but it was good. My girls love it so much especially Sophea. She can eat 5 to 6 paus all by herself at one time!

One thing that motivates me the most of trying to make my own Pau was that it's kinda hard to find HALAL Pau , here in Keningau (besides frozen Paus). So, being tired of buying frozen pau I decided to try it myself. I searched the internet and I found a recipe that is simple and easy to try . You can try it too!

Steamed Buns a.k.a Pau (Taken from here)

500 gm flour (super white flour or Pau flour)
1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp sugar

1 tsp (6g) instant dry yeast
2 tbsp shorterning or vegetable oil
250 ml (a glass) luke warm water

Method :

- mix all the dry ingredients together (flour,baking powder,salt,sugar,yeast and shortening) in a bowl and then add in the water and mix well until it forms a dough.

- keep kneading the dough until it doesn't stick to your hands.

- divide the dough into two small doughs and knead again until the dough texture is smooth.

- leave the dough to rise double the size, covered with a wet cloth. (around 30- 1 hour)

- when the dough has risen , punch the dough to let the air out. Knead the dough into small balls (half size of a baseball) and fill with your choice of fillings (e.g. red beans fillings,beef or chicken curry fillings,tuna).

- place a small piece of paper as a underlayer of each buns. (This is to prevent the buns from sticking to the steaming pot)

- leave all the buns to rise again for about 30 minutes. Meanwhile you can prepare the steaming pot.

- Steam the buns for about 10 minutes , and ready to be served.

Red Bean fillings

Ingredients :

250g red beans (soaked overnight)
1 cup of sugar
a pinch of salt

water (lots of water,the more the better)
2 tbsp butter

Method :

- put all the ingredients in a pot(except butter). Boil the beans till tender around a couple hours.

- Then blend the cooked beans in a blender or a food processer to form a red bean paste.

- put the paste back into the pot and cook over low heat with the butter in. Stirr the paste until it's creamy and thick.

- leave the fillings to cool before using it. This red bean filling can be refrigerated for up to a month in a covered container.

note : steamed buns can be stored in a freezer and resteam whenever is needed.


Salt Water said...

Thanks for the recipe. I will try today. I am home more often these days because my mother-in-law fell and hurt herself. My wife and I take care of her at home until she is in good enough shape to return to her Assisted Living Apartment.

I have always liked anything dumpling like. Steamed buns fit the bill. I will use Bisquick Mix for the dough and follow your bean recipe, but maybe add onions. Thanks.

I look forward to trying your favorites. Happy blogging.

janna w.m mokhsin said...

I'm really sorry to hear abour your mother in-law....

let me know if you've tried the buns and don't forget to snap some photo of it too! and thanx also for trying...

Oz said...

yesterday my grandma and i made paus without any sort of clue what the ingredients were except for flour and yeast. the end result was not successful as expected but my family managed to finish up 29 out of 31 paus that we've made.

ill surely try out the recipe by the end of the week.once our pau craving hits back again.

Lost Mind Forever said...

is there any other alternative to using butter to make it creamy? im sorta the healthy type so any other options?
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