Tuesday, 18 August 2020

Gua Bao / Steamed Bao Buns stuffed with Sticky Chicken and Pickled Vegetables

 


Gua bao also known as Bao bun or Pork belly buns or lotus leaf buns are very popular all over China. It’s very popular street food of Taiwan.  It’s a complete meal, the soft fluffy buns are served usually with pork belly but it’s also served with chicken and pickled vegetables. 
For Steamed Bao Buns 
Ingredients 
2 1/2 cup All Purpose Flour 
1 tbsp Active Yeast
2 tbsp Sugar
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Baking Powder 
1/4 cup Lukewarm Water
1/2 cup Lukewarm Milk 
2 tbsp Oil
Method 
Take a cup, add the warm water, 1 tbsp sugar and active yeast. Stir and keep the yeast to rise. Add the milk and 1 tbsp oil in the yeast. Whisk the yeast. Take a bowl add flour, salt, baking powder and remaining sugar. Mix all the ingredients together. Add the liquid. Mix all the ingredients together and knead the dough for 10 minutes. If required add little more water, it should be a soft - stretchy dough. Apply the remaining oil on the dough, cover and keep it aside for 1 to 2 hours or until it rises doubled in size. Open the lid of the bowl, punch the dough and gently knead it for a minute. Roll out the dough into a disc, take a round cutter, and make medium size round disc. Remove the excess dough. Now fold the disc into half, and gently press the bun, with the roller. Repeat the process for other buns. Place the buns on a small butter paper, cover the buns and let the buns rest for 30 minutes. Take a steamer, add water and let the water boil. Place the buns into the steamer vessel along with the butter paper, keeping little distance between the 2 buns. Cover the steamer and let it steam for 10 minutes. Once done switch off the flame and open the lid, let the buns remain in the steamer for 2 minutes before removing the buns from the steamer. 
Pickled Vegetables 
Ingredients 
A small piece of Carrot cut into thin strips 
A small piece of Cucumber cut into thin strips 
A small piece of Capsicum cut into thin strips
A small piece of Red Cabbage sliced 
Few Coriander leaves 
2 tbsp White Vinegar 
Salt to taste 
1 tsp Sugar
1/4 tsp Pepper powder 
Method 
Mix all the ingredients together and let it marinate for 2 to 3 hours 
Sticky Chicken 
Ingredients 
200 grams Boneless Chicken cut into pieces 
1 tsp Garlic minced
1/2 tsp Ginger minced 
1 tbsp Soya sauce 
2 tsp Red Chilli sauce 
1 tsp Tomato Ketchup 
1 tsp Fish Sauce 
1 tsp Vinegar 
2 tbsp Honey 
1 tbsp Sesame Oil 
Salt to taste 
1/2 tsp Pepper powder 
1/2 tsp 5 spice powder 
1 tsp Roasted Sesame seeds 
Method 
Take a bowl and mix all the above ingredients, together, except sesame seeds, keep it for an hour. Take a wok, add the marinated chicken, and cook the chicken until the chicken has become soft and the juices has dried up. Switch off the flame. Add the sesame seeds over the chicken. 
To Assemble - 
Take a bun, add a tbsp spoon of the chicken in the middle of the bun, add some pickled vegetables and some coriander leaves or spring onions. Serve the buns and enjoy! 

DescriptionParchment paper, and place it on a tray, cover the buns and let it rest for 30 minutes. Take a steamer, boil the water in the steamer. Place the buns along with the butter paper into the steamer. Cover the lid and steam the buns for 10 minutes. Once done, switch off the flame and open the lid and let it stand for 2 minutes before removing the buns from the steamer. 



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