Recipe and words by Klara Risberg
These are a type of steamed bun that originates from China, also called Hua Juan. Super simple to make and a great lockdown activity. There are different ways to shape, fill and cook these. These are filled with chives and miso then pan fried like a gyoza for *that* crispy bottom. I love to serve these with lots of crispy chilli oil, I promise - they truly addictive!
Makes 6 buns
250g all purpose flour
1 tsp dried active yeast
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp sugar
Pinch of salt
2 tbsp vegetable, rapeseed or canola oil
50ml finely chopped chives
1 tbsp white miso paste
1 tsp Chinese five spice
Crispy chilli oil
Start with the filling by heating up the oil in a small pan and add the chives, miso paste and five spice, leave to cool.
For the dough
If using a stand mixer, mix all the dry ingredients and add to the mixer bowl, add the water and knead for about 8 minutes until a smooth ball.
By hand you need to knead a little longer and rest the dough for 5 minutes then knead again for 5 minutes.
Roll out the dough to a rectangular shape, aim for 3mm thickness.
Spread the cooled filling evenly over the dough. Fold it over two times so you get three layers. Cut into 12 pieces.
Take two dough pieces and place them on top of each other, using a chopstick push down the chopstick in the middle lengthwise.
Fold the dough over the stick then twist and press the dough down. Fear not simply refer to the video! Rest the buns for 30 minutes.
To cook them heat up a tablespoon of neutral oil, add the buns bottom side down, fry on medium heat until nicely browned, add 150ml of water and steam until the water is completely evaporated.
Serve warm with loads of crispy chilli oil.