Char siu bao are one of my favorite foods; a classic dim sum item that everyone loves. I wasn't brave enough to try the pretty, fluffy white steamed bao, so we tried baked bao (equally delicious!) instead.
I used this recipe from Goons with Spoons, and though we flibbed the sauce a bit, we stayed pretty true to the recipe. I definitely recommend it!
We started with the filling, some nice sauteed onions...
First, we prepped the yeast in some warm water. We were supposed to wait until it bubbled, which I think we did? I wasn't sure how much bubbling was supposed to happen.
I don't know that it rose properly though, since it didn't really look triple the size..
First, roll out a dough segment. It was easiest for us to do this tag-team, with one holding down the super elastic dough, and the other spooning in the filling. We put in a lot of filling. Who doesn't love filling?!
They aren't as fluffy as the kind I buy from Chinese bakeries though. Either I didn't use enough dough or it never properly rose (or both).
Do you like making bread?