Cha Shu Bow

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Title: Cha Shu Bow
Yield: 1 Servings
Categories: Breads, Chinese


-----------------------------YIELD: 12 SERVINGS-----------------------------
1 Pk Active dry yeast
1 c Warm water (abt. 110 degree)
1/3 c Sugar
2 Tb Salad oil
1 ts Salt
3 c All-purpose flour; unsifted,
- (about)
Pork filling (directions
- follow)

DIRECTIONS: In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in water; blend in sugar, oil
and Salt. Let stand in a warm place until bubbly (about 15 mins). Add flour
and mix until dough holds together. Place dough on a lightly floured board
and knead until smooth and elastic (about 8 to 10 mins). Place in a greased
bowl, cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk (about 1
hour 15 mins). Meanwhile, prepare pork filling; let cool and set aside.
Turn dough out onto a lightly floured board and knead for 1 min. Shape into
a rectangle. With a floured knife, cut rectangle in half lengthwise, then
cut crosswise 6 times to make 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a round
about 4 1/2" in diameter. Press outside edges of dough to make them
slightly thinner that the rest of the round. Place about 2 tbsp of filling
in center of each round. Pull edges of dough up around filling and twist to
seal. Place each bun, sealed side down, on a 3" square of foil. Cover and
let rise in a warm place until puffy and light (about 30 mins). Set in
steamer over boiling water. Cover and steam for 12 to 15 mins. (when done,
tops of buns should be glazed and smooth). Serve warm. Pork Filling: Cut 1
1/2 lbs boneless lean pork into 1/2" cubes. Season with 2 cloves garlic
(minced), 1/2 tsp grated fresh ginger, 2 tsp sugar and 2 tbsp Chinese soy
sauce. In a bowl, combine 2 tsp sugar, 1 tbsp cornstarch, 2 tbsp soy sauce,
1 tbsp dry sherry and 1/4 cup water; reserve. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a wok or
wide frying pan over high heat. When oil is hot, add pork and stirfry until
browned (about 5 mins). Add 1 medium size chopped onion and continue to
stir frying until onion is limp (about 2 mins). Stir cornstarch mixture,
add to pork and cook, stirring, until sauce bubbly and thickens. Cool.
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