Friday, April 30, 2010

Porcupine Lotus Paste Steamed Buns

On my last trip home I bought a lot of cooking and baking books. One of them is Vegetarian Dim Sum by Chin Mun Chong. I am not a vegetarian but the pictures of the dim sum inside the book look so good that I just have to get it. I decided to make the Porcupine Pao from the book. I just love the look of these buns, aren’t they cute? Carlos helps me to cut some of the prickles of the porcupine. For a first timer I think he did a pretty good job. The skin of the buns texture is very much like the flower mantau. It is kind of chewy and not too fluffy. As for the filling I used lotus paste but you can replace it with kaya or even red bean paste.

Since this is the first time I am trying out the recipe from the book so I am not sure how good they are so I decided to half the original recipe.

Ingredients:

300 grm bao flour or Hong Kong flour
5 grm baking powder
6 grm yeast
55 grm sugar
1 tbsp of shortening
115 ml water (I need about 145 ml)

Fillings:

Lotus Paste or red bean paste

* Few drop of red food coloring

1. In a mixing bowl, mix all the dried ingredients until well combined. Slowly add in the water (you might need more or less and it all depend on the flour) until it form into a dough. Then add in the shortening. Mix until smooth.
2. In the meantime, take a tbsp of the lotus or bean paste and roll it into a ball. Make about 12-13 pieces.
3. Cover the dough and let it rest at a warm place for 2 hours. After 2 hours. Divide the dough into 12-13 pieces. Roll the dough into round balls and wrap in the fillings.


Carlos shaping the prickles
4. Shape the dough into oval shape. Using a sharp scissors snip the top part of the dough to form prickles to shape as a porcupine. Put two red dots at the head of the porcupine to form the eyes. Put the bun on top of the greaseproof paper and set aside to proof for 20 minutes.
5. Prepare a steamer with rapid boiling water, add a few drop of white vinegar to the water and steam the buns for 8 minutes. Serve warm.


Note: If you can't find bao flour or Hong Kong flour you can always replace it with regular all purpose flour.

47 comments:

Angie's Recipes said...

I like these...they are cute.

noobcook said...

aww they are sooooo cute!!! hehe

MaryMoh said...

Whah....so pretty and cute!

Little Corner of Mine said...

So so cute! Too cute to eat it!

Yee Er said...

They are too cute to be true...

Bits of Taste said...

Hey! I saw this in the recipe book too! So cute and so adorable.... no heart to take a bite! haha....

Pete said...

Ha ha ha, so cute. You are very artistic!

Shereen said...

They are absolutely adorable.So sayang to makan..lol!Carlos tolong you buat,he makan tak?

reanaclaire said...

wow.. i was wondering how to do the porcupine shapes and then when i scrolled down, i saw what u did.. :) great!

Ho Ho Ho said...

lovely porcupines... Agree with Shereen ...so sayang to makan..

Iris said...

Ahhhh~~~~
They're soooo cute!
They look so good too...
What a great idea ^^ Lovely photos

Quinn said...

So cute la Gert, how nice of Carlos to help you out and have fun with baking. Aaron, issh....tunngu makan je! But he's always willing to do the dishes for me so I have no complains!

babe_kl said...

so cute, how to eat them up??? :D

Ju (The Little Teochew) said...

Too cute to be eaten, Gert!! And they look fluffy and soft too. :)

cikmanggis said...

oh dear so cute!!

wendyywy @ Table for 2 or more..... said...

So cute :)
Carlos is so nice to help you in the kitchen.
I wish my Mike will help me one day :)

ReeseKitchen said...

Oh my...those Porcupine Pao are just too cute to eat. You are good Gert!

Anonymous said...

Hi Mrs Carlos....
So comel (cute) porcupine tu...
sayang nak makan....

sayantani said...

I always follow your blog but these beuties made me enter the comment page for the first time. looks lovely and very neat presentation.

Blessed Homemaker said...

I've tried making bread with porcupine shapes but I couldn't get nice long/sharp edges like you. After looking at your pics, I'm definitely going to try steaming some buns one day.

♥LOVE2COOK♥ said...

OMG, this is lovely! Too cute to be eaten...I'll rather keep in the showcase...hehe! Amazed with ur skills ya! ;)

LK said...

SO CUTE!

Elin said...

Gert,they are so cute !!! And Carlos is a good helper :))

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

Gert, they are super cute!! and I like this series of photos, very nice!

Padhu said...

Wow!! they look so cute!
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Anncoo said...

WOW!! They are really cute *.*

kirbie said...

These are so cute! I love making foods into animal shapes. You mentioned using Hong Kong or bao flour...is it called something else? I have asian supermarkets near me but I don't know what kind of flour I'm looking for.

Cheah said...

They are too cute to be eaten! Lovely!

mycookinghut said...

So cute! I really love these little steamed buns... so pretty to serve too!

TS of eatingclub vancouver said...

Those are too cute!

Anonymous said...

Gert
What a nice helper you have + nice porcupines too.
Melanie

Beachlover said...

Gert,I wanna some too!! wow!! Carlos is so hard working huh,somemore creative with his skill! must sayang him oooooo...

Jeannie said...

Too lovely to eat! My boy will like this:D

MaDiHaA said...

they are soooooo cute!! sayang nak makan...

tigerfish said...

Too cute, too cute!

Does porcupine-style means more flour(and bun "skin") than filling?

ICook4Fun said...

Thank you everyone for all your kind comments. By the way, Carlos only help me cut 3 of the buns and after that he told me too much work and ran away ha ha ha....I did the rest.

Blessed Homemarker, the first few that I cut it not nice either but the cuts look better as I go along. I guess practice makes perfect :)

Kirbie, I got the flour from Asian store. The brand is Kimbo and has a picture of bao on the packet. If you can find it you can just use regular flour.

PlumLeaf 李葉 said...

They look great and I bet they taste even better! I wish I knew where to get bao flour from - your buns are so fluffy and white! Regular plain flour here in UK makes buns an unappetising yellow/grey colour.

Pei-Lin@Dodol and Mochi said...

Gert, these lotus paste-filled buns look so adorable! It'd be hard on me to eat them up! Hahaha! But hey, they look very well done! The shape just holds well even after steaming!

Three? Not bad, eh! I was wondering who was the photographer for the "snipping baos" process ... Now, I can guess better ... Hahaha! So, did Carlos eat these buns? He likes it? Lotus paste?

FC88 said...

These are soooo cute. I wish I have the patient to wait for 2 hours. Cute things always take time. Nice job!

3 hungry tummies said...

Oh they are so cute..must be so popular with kids!

meeso said...

These are so cute!

tasteofbeirut said...

These look adorable!

Bakericious said...

the baos are so cute, dun ve heart to swallow them :P

Tuty @Scentofspice said...

Gertrude,
These are adorable buns. I can't find ready to use lotus paste here :(
These are great for kids school parties.

ICook4Fun said...

Plum Leaf, thank you. Maybe the next time you steam the buns you can add a few drops of vinegar to the water. Someone told me it will produce lighter color buns.

Pei-Lin, thank you. Carlos did the snipping and I took the pictures ha ha..

FC88, thank you.

3 hungry tummies, yea I am sure kids would love these.

Meeso, thank you.

Tasteofbeirut, thanks

Bakericious, thanks.

Tuty, thank you. You can always use red bean paste for this or even coconut fillings.

Cindy. Lo. said...

Thanks for sharing! These are super adorable!!

ICook4Fun said...

Cindy, you are welcome.