Pau (Chinese Steamed Buns)

by | Last updated Jan 12, 2022 | Breads, Crackers, & Waffles

Chinese pau consists of a soft delicate bun and a delicious savory filling.

Ingredients for Dough:

1 cup plus 3 tablespoons of warm water

1 1/2 tablespoons of dry yeast

2 tablespoons of organic sugar

2 tablespoons of cold-pressed olive oil

2 teaspoons salt

2 1/4 cups of organic whole wheat bread flour

2 1/2 cup of whole wheat pastry flour

1 teaspoon of caraway seeds

2 teaspoons of basil

Directions for Dough:

Mix warm water, sugar, and yeast in a bowl. Let stand for a few minutes until the yeaast begins to bubble.

Add oil and salt to yeast mixture and stir to dissolve the sugar and salt.

Put all by 1/2 cup of the flour into a mixing bowl.

Pour yeast mixture into the flour and stir with a big wooden spoon until the mixture becomes too difficult to work.

Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and knead for about 8 to 10 minutes, sprinkling a little flour on the surface and the hands periodically to prevent the dough from sticking. If necessary, add more dough to achieve a firm, smooth consistency.

Place dough in a large bowl, cover with a damp cloth, and let rise until double. Punch down with your fist. Place on the floured surface and kneed again. Divide into two parts.

Form each part into a long roll, one inch in diameter. Cut each roll into 14 segments. Form each segment into a ball. Cover the balls with a damp cloth as soon as they are formed.

Staring with the first ball formed, flatten each one with your palm, one at a time. Roll each into a 3 1/2 inch diameter, round flat cake.

Place about one tablespoon of filling in the center and fold edges up and over the filling, forming a pocket. (Recipe for filling is below).

Cover the buns against with damp clothes, letting rise for 30 minutes. Arrange the buns in a steamer, one inch apart. Bring water to a boil, and over high heat for 12 minutes.

Transfer steamed buns to a rack of cloth to cool. It is best to wait 34 hours or longer before eating.

Serve warm.

Ingredients for Pau Filling:

2 cups mashed, organic and non-GMO tofu

1 teaspoon of salt

1 1/8 teaspoons onion powder

2 1/4 teaspoons garlic powder

3/8 cup soy mayonnaise

1 tablespoon of dried parsley or chives

2 tablespoons of yeast flakes

2 tablespoons soy sauce, unfermented

2 cups spinach, frozen

Directions for Pau Filling:

Mix all ingredients well.

Note: The recipe came from Wildwood’s The Journal of Health & Healing.

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