Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Cook: "Kou Rou Bao" aka Braised Pork Belly Bun

"Kou Rou Bao" using lean pork
Was feeling adventurous so decided to make "Kou Rou Bao" from scratch...

I cooked the pork using my mum's braised pork belly recipe.Replaced pork belly with lean pork for healthier version :)

Recipe for braised pork belly:

For the "bao", i modify slightly from Angela's recipe from Facebook. Only reduce the sugar as this is a savoury dish, and switch Bao Flour to Hong Kong Flour as that is what i have at the moment. 

Love how the "Kou Rou Bao" turns out :) It's yummy and by using the lean pork, i feel much healthier consuming them :)

INGREDIENTS:
(Make 8 Bao)

Starter
1. 1/2 tablespoon of instant yeast
2. 75ml of warm water
3. 1/2 teaspoon of white sugar

Bao
1. 250g of Hong Kong Flour
2. 3 tablespoon of white sugar
3. 4 tablespoon of vegetable oil
4. A pinch of salt
5. 4 tablespoon of water
6. Extra flour for dusting
7. A little oil to spread on the inner side of the bao

METHODS:

1. Mix the ingredients under starter in a bowl. Cover and set aside for 20 mins. You will see a layer of foam forming around 20 mins and it is done.

Yeast starts bubbling
Double layers forming-yeast on top and water below
2. In a big bowl, mix the yeast mixture with ingredients for "bao". Knead well using hand until well combine. The dough should look similar to the photo as shown.
Dough for the "bao" ready for proof-ing
3. Cover the bowl with a damp cloth and let it proof for 45 minutes. After proofing, the dough didn't rise much, but when u touch it, inside it is full of air pocket. 
4. The dough will be quite sticky so use flour to dust the the rolling pin and table. Take a handful of dough and roll them into an oval shape, dabble some oil onto the surface. Then fold the dough into half to form the shape.
5. Place the dough onto a baking paper, and place them to steam for 15 minutes or until the bun is cooked.
6. Serve hot.

Note: You can make the bun beforehand and put in fridge. Re-steam when required.
Kou Rou Bao ready to be served