Chicken Siopao (Steamed Chicken Buns)

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Now that you have tasted the baked version of this dimsum (Baked Siopao), why not try the steamed ones? 

Ingredients:

Dough:

  • 4 tbs sugar
  • 1/2 cup warm milk
  • 1/3 cup warm water
  • 2 tsp active dry yeast
  • about 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Filling:

  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 2 tbs vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup minced green onions
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 tsp hoisin sauce
  • 4 tsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tbs sugar
  • 2 tsp cornstarch dissolved in 2 tbs water

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Directions:

  1. Dissolve 2 tbs sugar in milk and water. Sprinkle the yeast and let stand in warm place until bubbly, about 10 minutes.
  2. Gradually add remaining sugar, 2 cups flour and salt. Add more flour as needed until dough is no longer sticky.
  3. Place dough on a lightly floured work space and knead until smooth and elastic (about 6 – 8 minutes). Place in an oiled bowl, cover and let rise until doubled in bulk (about 1 hour).
  4. Prepare filling. Heat oil in wok or pan. Add green onions and garlic, frying for 1 minute. Stir in water, hoisin sauce, oyster sauce and sugar. Add cornstarch solution, boil, stirring until thick.  Add chicken. Cool.
  5. Prepare dough.  Punch down dough then roll into a cylinder. Cut into 12 equal pieces, rolling each piece into a ball. Cover.
  6. Flatten each ball and roll into a circle about 4 – 6 inches in diameter. Place 1 heaping tbs of filling in the center. Gather edges of circle over the filling; twist and pinch edges together to seal.
  7. Cut 3-inch squares of wax paper and place under buns. With seam side up, place buns on baking sheet.   Cover and let rise in a warm place. 
  8. When buns have risen, steam in high heat until tops are smooth and shiny, approximately 12 – 15 minutes.

Notes: Steamed buns can be frozen. Reheat frozen buns by steaming for 10 minutes or zap it in the microwave on  high for 2 minutes.

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» Kamran Siddiqi (The Sophisticated Gourmet) said: { Jun 11, 2009 - 03:06 }

These look really delicious Raquel! :D

» TomGu said: { Jun 11, 2009 - 05:06 }

I like siopao; and these look yummy! He he he . . .

» jenn said: { Jun 11, 2009 - 07:06 }

My fav!!!! I usually like the pork siopao. I’ve always wanted to try and make this. Yum!!

» rose said: { Jun 15, 2009 - 02:06 }

OH YUM! I have to make these :)

» beancounter said: { Jun 18, 2009 - 09:06 }

Yum, yum! This i’ve got to try to cook! I’ll have a look at your baked versions as well!

» Juliana said: { Jul 10, 2009 - 07:07 }

these were delicious! just made them today, very easy and extremely delicious!! thanks for sharing!

» virtual chef said: { Jul 11, 2009 - 08:07 }

thanks, juliana. i am glad you liked it!

» Sophie-lou said: { Aug 7, 2009 - 03:08 }

they look gorgeous… can you tell me what flour it is you used?

» virtual chef said: { Aug 7, 2009 - 06:08 }

sophie: i used all purpose flour

» Wejam57 said: { Sep 15, 2009 - 12:09 }

If you are in a hurry and just need some quick Siopao,you can use canned biscuits. Just put a little flour on the counter or pastry board and use each biscuit like a separate piece of dough. You can roll them or just shape them with your hands. Then steam as normal. Pretty close to the real thing if you are in a hurry!

» virtual chef said: { Sep 15, 2009 - 01:09 }

Wejam: that’s a neat idea! i’ll try that next time…thanks for stopping by…

» marin said: { Dec 9, 2009 - 12:12 }

haha sorry to nitpick but is that a piece of hair on the cooked siopao?

» virtual chef said: { Dec 10, 2009 - 08:12 }

LOL!!! i hope not!


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