Steamed Bao Buns with Fish Cake and Crabstick Filling

The filling is widely known across Southeast Asia, especially in Muar – Johor, where it is traditionally served fresh, wrapped inside a banana leaf.
By Han Ker

Steamed Bao Buns with Otak-otak and Luncheon Meat Crabstick Filling

This is my so called traditional steamed bao with the conventional round shape and pleads on top.

Steamed Bao Buns with Otak-otak and Luncheon Meat Crabstick Filling
 
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The filling is widely known across Southeast Asia, especially in Muar - Johor, where it is traditionally served fresh, wrapped inside a banana leaf.
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Recipe Type: Side
Serves: 2
Ingredients
For plain bun:
  • 400g Hong Kong Flour
  • 90g icing sugar
  • 30g butter (try to avoid using shortening as it's not good for health)
  • 10g baking powder
  • 10ml cold water
  • 7g instant dry yeast
  • 160ml lukewarm water
  • ½ tsp white vinegar
For Otak-Otak/ Luncheon Meat crabstick Fillings:
  • 100g frozen otak-otak
  • 50g fried luncheon meat (Cut into cubes)
  • 6 crabstick meat
Instructions
  1. Split evenly for all the otak-otak and luncheon meat crabstick filling. Set aside.
  2. Sift together flours and icing sugar. Place sifted flour mixture in a large mixing bowl and make a well in the middle.
  3. Fill well with lukewarm water and yeast. Add on vinegar.
  4. Use a spatula, gently stir the water to dissolve the yeast then slowly bring together flour mixture.
  5. Add in butter and knead for 10-15 minutes until soft dough is formed.
  6. Cover dough with damp cloth and let it rise for 30 minutes or until it is doubled in size. I used bread maker’s dough mode to prepare my dough up to this step.
  7. Dissolve baking powder in cold water, sprinkle over dough and knead until well combined. Divide dough into 16 equal portions and flatten with a rolling pin to make a 3” circle.
  8. Then place the filling in the middle, wrap and plead the top, seal side up.
  9. Arrange buns into a steamer, leave about 1” gab in between buns. Spray water mist over buns, and steam in a preheated steamer on high heat for 12 minutes. Remove buns from steamer and cool on rack to prevent soggy bottom.
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