The Bao of Char Siu Bao
Categories: Baked Goods


  • 6 Cups flour
  • ¼ Cup sugar
  • 1 ¾ Cups warm water
  • 1 TBS yeast
  • 1 TBS baking powder
  • 2 TBS Shortening
Dissolve sugar in water

Add yeast and let sit until frothy, about 10 minutes

Sift flour and baking powder into big bowl

Cream in shortening

Stir in yeast mixture

Mix well


Knead until smooth and elastic

Put dough in a greased bowl, cover and let rise until tripled, about 2 hours


Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic

Roll into two logs about 2-3 inches in diameter

Cut into about 24 total slices and flatten each slice

Fill, fold and twist bottom closed

Place twist down and let stand for 10 minutes

Place on squares of parchment paper and steam for 12 minutes

24 Dumplings

4 hours, 1 prep- 3 rise

12 minutes



2006-08-07 09:57:39

I was convinced Carrie would like Char Siu Bao, Chinese Barbecued Pork in a Steamed Dumpling.  This is the recipe for the dumpling.  The first time I made this recipe I wasn’t well prepared and didn’t have any pork for the traditional filling.  I made Taco-Seasoned ground beef as the filling and we both really liked the flavor.  

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