Tuesday, August 24, 2010

watch out, eddie huang!

i finally convinced mum to bring pork into our house. 
i was going through withdrawal... being 300 miles away from baohaus is a lot harder than it looks!
so mum and i pretended to be eddie and made our own baos.
we made the steamed buns that we make during our annual dumplings of the world festival {recipe below}
and instead of forming them into the old school ball shape, 
we made the taco thingies that are so much more conducive to adding cucumbers and cilantro {no crushed peanuts here, sadly. mum is allergic}
i wasn't lucky enough to score pork belly-mum got the leanest loin she could find-but beggars can't be choosers.

the result was unbelievable goodness. maybe the best thing mum and i have ever made.

they were so doughy and sweet and comforting! the kind of comfort you can only get from mum's home-cooking. 
and pork. 
pork, how i've missed you.
these were almost better as good as baohaus' :-)

george gershwin tried to get in on the fun but nobody would help him fill a bun :-(
i don't usually post recipes, but it would have been cruel of me to keep this from you:
steamed buns!!
adapted from grace wiertz young's recipe 
{i don't know who grace is, but this recipe has been in my family since i was two and only wanted to fill them with kraft cheese}

1 package yeast
3/4 cup warm water {110 degrees}
4 cups flour
1/4 cup warm milk {110 degrees}
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup veggie shortening + additional shortening for greasing the middle of the buns

dissolve yeast in 1/4 cup of warm water in a small bowl until it bubbles
put 3 cups of flour in a large bowl and make a well in the center
add the yeast mixture, remaining 1/2 cup warm water, 1/4 cup of shortening, the milk, and sugar --> stir to combine
add remaining cup of flour in fourths until a dough forms and is no longer sticky
knead for 5 minutes on a floured surface
put the dough in a bowl, cover it with a damp cloth and let it rise for 2 hours
punch down the dough, knead for 2 or 3 minutes
melt the additional shortening in the microwave
divide dough it into 12 equal pieces and shape into flat oval-shaped circles on top of individual squares of wax paper
brush the top of the circles with shortening and fold them in half
let rise for half an hour
steam in a bamboo or metal steamer for 10-15 minutes
fill them with whatever you want! if you're lucky, your mum will buy you pork belly. 
if not, other kinds of meat will do...
top them with cukes, cilantro, and crushed peanuts
dip them in soy sauce and sriracha!

if you don't make these, you are seriously a dufus.




christine said...

Can you come make me lunch!?? These look SOOOO, so good.

StephanieTJLee said...

AH pork, steamed buns, and a recipe :). What can get better than that?

Lulu and the Locket said...

poor Gershwin haha - those are adorable photos and looks totally yum - thanks for sharing the recipe and more importantly for saying hello on my blog! I love discovering new blogs like yours - very refreshing! x

Dancing Branflake said...

So delicious! I love baos like a good French baguette. I especially love the duck skin ones. Yum! And the cilantro makes all the difference.

Raquel said...

Holy shitballs, those look good.

What About Lunch said...

Thanks for the link, and for thinking of me :) xo
These buns look like nothing I've ever seen. WOW. Must try. Don't wanna be a dufus.

Brittany said...

HOLY yummy goodness! I just want to take a bite of my screen. My mouth is honestly watering..

i love me some pork!

MagicDongHuang said...

lol awesome. come back soon

Barbara said...

Oh you are making me hungry!!! lovely blog :) following!

Poppies and Sunshine said...

Fabulous looking food! That recipe sounds great too!

Regan said...

Yummm. :) Lovely post!

Becca said...

Ha ha ha I LOVE that your dog is named George Gershwin :)

DT ~ RDH said...

ooooh la la! I will have to try these. I don't make my own char siu pork, but I can get some good stuff and fill em up! i also wonder if they would be good w/kalua pork (hawaiian style smokey/salty) and or southern bbq pork w/sauce. thanks so much for sharing!

Ms. Pink said...

this looks so amazing!


shari @ little blue deer said...

Delish! Oh pork, how I love thee! I'm psyched to find another urban food blogger, so happy you stopped by LBD, happy to be your newest follower!

Tarver said...

Those look so delicious! Must EAT NOW!

Kara said...

I love your blog! Thanks for your comment! You should definitely let me know of your fav. restauraunts in the Clinton Hill area. :)

chelsea rebecca said...

oh yum!
i seriously cannot get over your dog and his name! its just so great!

Will @ Bright.Bazaar said...

Sometimes you just can't beat a bit of home cooking...mamma's pork style!

Signe said...

Christ, you make a lot of good food!! I'll be back :)

v a m p i r e said...

can i steal one from you lol its just you make me hungry !

v a m p i r e said...

lol i've read your old posts , haha i really love all the photos ( WHICH MAKES ME HUNGRY ) and really fun to read posts

bravo ♥ love it
( said it like i mean it )

with loadsa Love


Sara said...

Pork is good for the soul. Seriously. Well, obviously you already know this.

Uh, anyways, I love how you said dufus - I forgot about that wonderful name. Now I'm going to call my roommates that for the rest of the day!

ching said...

yummy food.
thanks for this lovely post.
i think i eat way too much pork here. haha


Holly Knitlightly said...

Mmmmmmmmmmmm. I'm so hungry..

la petite coquine said...

Buns! Dreamy, magical, delicious buns! I have a favorite place in SF for pork belly buns, and after reading this I think I might have to visit it tonight! My mouth is watering!

amanda lynn? said...

all those yummy looking pictures are making me hungry!!

Anna said...

I always get so hungry after reading your blog. I want some of those NOW!

elephantJuice said...

oh wow, this looks delicious! I love bao, I'm totally copying this recipe :)

Molly said...

Wow. Those sound fantastic. Kinda makes the dinner I have planned a let down. Thanks a lot. ;)

Kristin said...

Holy crap those look amazing!

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