Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Steamed Buns with Coconut Filling

Chinese steamed buns are very popular in Burma and we call them Pausi. There are different varieties of fillings that you can get but most common ones that I grew up eating were curry chicken with boiled egg, red bean paste and coconut. I've been craving for these buns for a while now but haven't really found a recipe that uses only basic ingredients for the dough until I saw this recipe on Maangchi's website. I've been planning to make this for some time now but never actually got a chance to try it out. I wanted to make the savory version with curry chicken but I don't remember it enough to come up with something close to what I used to eat. At last, I decided to give it a shot with coconut filling while waiting for my sister to give me recipe for curry version.

The dough recipe is quiet easy to follow and the filling used here is very simple. Dough can be filled with variety of vegetable, meat or sweet fillings. This coconut filling is also very versatile and can be used to fill puff pastries or even spring roll sheets to form spring rolls or samosas. Combinations are endless and sky is the limit :). I'll post more in future when I make them. Below is half of original recipe.

Steamed Buns with Coconut Filling

Makes: 8 buns
Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Dough Resting Time:  1 hour 30 minutes

For Dough:

1/2 cup Luke Warm Water (between 105 and 110 degrees Fahrenheit)
1 teaspoon Active Dry Yeast
1 tablespoon Vegetable Oil
1/2 teaspoon Sugar
1 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
1/4 teaspoon Salt
Oil Spray

For Filling:
6 ounces Fresh Coconut – shredded (about 1/2 coconut or 2 1/2 cups shredded)
2 tablespoons Sugar (Adjust to taste)
Pinch of Salt

8 Standard Cupcake Liners or Parchment Paper cut into 4 inch squares

  1. In a large bowl, combine water, yeast, oil and sugar. Mix with a spoon until well combined.
  2. Sift in flour and salt into the liquid mixture and stir with a wooden spatula to combine. When it becomes hard to stir, start kneading dough with hands until smooth for about 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Lightly coat the bowl with oil spray, put dough, turn once to coat with oil, cover and leave it in warm area for about 40 minutes or until doubled in size. (For faster rising, place the bowl in a larger bowl filled with warm water)
  4. Knead the dough for about a minute to remove air, cover and leave it again for another 30 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, in a medium size pan combine coconut, sugar, salt and cook over medium low heat stirring frequently until sugar is melted for about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat and let it cool completely.
  6. Place cupcake liners 1 inch apart on the rack of a steamer and keep aside.
  7. Take dough and divide into 8 equal portions. (Keep unused dough covered to prevent from drying out.)
  8. On lightly floured surface, roll each portion into approximately 4 inch circles leaving center thicker than edges.
  9. Take a heap tablespoon (or 1/8) of filling and place in middle of the circle. Gather the edges of the dough and conceal the filling by pinching and sealing the edges while forming pleats. Twist ends off to seal and close; and place it in prepared steamer rack.
  10. Continue rolling and filling rest of the dough, cover and let it rise for 20 minutes.
  11. Steam the buns for 20 minutes, covered and undisturbed.
  12. Turn off the heat, remove buns from steamer and serve.
Note: Steamed buns can be kept at room temperature for a day or two. Keep them in fridge for few more days after that. Before serving, wrap it with damped paper towel and microwave for 10 to 15 seconds.

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  1. Ke, looks yummy.....but color is not as white and i think consistency is denser......bcos we dont use preservatives like the shop one.....i think i like this better.....gona try and will also giv u chicken recipe :-)

  2. Keshu...the buns taste so delicious it made my day.... Thank you for sharing some with us =)

  3. This will hit my taste bud :)


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