Sunday, February 28, 2010

Lor Bak Go (Radish Cake) & Chicken Bao

Normally, Sunday mornings are a time when my family likes to go out and eat dim sum. But, since my parents are still on vacation and my sisters and I didn't want to miss the Olympic Men's Hockey Gold-medal Game, we decided to make dim sum at home! I had some zongzi in the freezer from Chinese New Year, so we steamed up a couple of those as well as some gai lan. But, we wanted to round out the meal with at least 2 other dim sum dishes. So, we chose Lor Bak Go and Steamed Chicken Buns.
Lor Bak Go

Ingredients:
- 2 cups rice flour
- 1/4 cup tapioca starch
- 1 tsp salt, or to taste
- 2 links of lap cheong (Chinese sausage), diced
- 3 cups daikon, grated
- 1/2 small onion, minced
- 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
- vegetable oil

Method:
1. Combine rice flour, tapioca starch and salt in a large bowl.
2. Boil the daikon in a heavy-bottomed pot for 10minutes. Drain, but reserve the cooking liquid. Set the liquid and cooked daikon aside
3. Heat some oil in a frying pan and cook the lap cheong, garlic and onions for 2 minutes. Set aside. (You do not need to wash the frying pan yet! You will use it to pan-fry the lor bak go)
4. Add the daikon to the flour mixture and slowly add in 3 cups of the cooking liquid. Mix until no dry clumps are visible.
5. Add the lap cheong mixture to the batter and continue to mix.
6. Pour the batter into a greased, steam-proof 8x8inch square, or 9inch round, tray. Steam for 45minutes. When finished cooking, let lor bak go cool completely.
7. Remove the lor bak go from the steaming tray and slice it into 1/2-inch slices.
8. Heat up the frying pan again to medium-high heat, adding more oil if necessary. Pan fry the lor bak go slices until crispy and golden brown on both sides.

This dish has got to be my sisters' most favorite dish at yum cha. We always order 2-3 servings of it when we go to dim sum. The final result of this recipe was gladly gobbled up by my Lor Bak Go loving sisters and they said that they could hardly tell the difference between mine and the ones we eat at the restaurant! *blush* They're so sweet...

But now, onto the chicken buns! My middle sister loves these, even more so than Char Siew Bao. Actually, she told me that she dislikes Char Siew because of the fatty, flubby and tendon-ness of the meat... too hard to chew, she says. So, with this in mind I decided to use a really nice chicken breast for the filling of the buns. The chicken breast had no flubby skin and no tendons or cartilage pieces, so there would be no risk of my sister getting picky about the meat... YAY!

Chicken Bao

Dough Ingredients:
- 2 cups flour
- 1.5 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp margarine
- 3/8 cup water
- 1/2 tbsp vinegar
- 1 egg white

Filling Ingredients:
- 250g chicken breast, minced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 small onion, minced
- 1inch knob of garlic, minced
- 1 tsp soy sauce
- salt and pepper to taste

Method:
  • Combine flour, sugar, salt and baking soda in a large bowl. Blend in the margarine, until they are well incorporated.

  • In a separate bowl, mix together the vinegar, water and egg white.

  • Add water mixture to flour mixture, knead until dough comes together and is smooth.

  • Roll the smooth dough into a thick log shape, roughly 1.5 inches in diameter.

  • Cover dough in cling-wrap and let rest in fridge for at least 1 hour.

  • Make the filling: mince the chicken breast, garlic and onions and combine. Add in soy sauce and salt + pepper to taste.

  • When dough has rested, remove from cling-wrap and cut log into 10 equal sized pieces.

  • Roll dough into flattened circles, fill with 2 tbsp of chicken filling and shape the buns.

  • Prepare a steaming plate by laying cabbage leaves on it. Arrange the chicken buns on the cabbage leaves and steam the buns for 30minutes.

  • Enjoy!
  • 1. Combine flour, sugar, salt and baking soda in a large bowl. Blend in the margarine, until well incorporated.
    2. In a separate bowl, mix together the vinegar, water and egg white.
    3. Add water mixture to flour mixture, knead until dough comes together and is smooth.
    4. Roll the smooth dough into a thick log shape, roughly 1.5 inches in diameter.
    5. Cover dough in cling-wrap and let rest in fridge for at least 1 hour.
    6. Make the filling by mixing together the minced chicken, garlic, ginger and onions. Then, add in soy sauce and salt & pepper to taste.
    7. When dough has rested, remove from cling-wrap and cut log into 10 equal sized pieces.
    8. Roll dough into flattened circles, and fill with 2 tbsp of filling. Shape the buns.
    9. Prepare a steam-proof plate by laying cabbage leaves on it. Arrange the chicken buns on the cabbage leaves and steam the buns for 30-40minutes.
    10. Serve!

    The buns were also a success! Even my youngest sister, who normally hates to eat bao bao enjoyed these buns and devoured TWO! Now, that's saying something. I quite enjoyed the buns as well. I liked the recipe because the dough was fairly simple to make, and didn't require yeast or raising time. Without the yeast to make the dough fluffy, the texture of this bao was more like a tasty noodle or a giant xiaolong bao. I will definitely have to bake this recipe again, for my parents... because I don't think there will be any left by the time they come back :P

  • Combine flour, sugar, salt and baking soda in a large bowl. Blend in the margarine, until they are well incorporated.

  • In a separate bowl, mix together the vinegar, water and egg white.

  • Add water mixture to flour mixture, knead until dough comes together and is smooth.

  • Roll the smooth dough into a thick log shape, roughly 1.5 inches in diameter.

  • Cover dough in cling-wrap and let rest in fridge for at least 1 hour.

  • Make the filling: mince the chicken breast, garlic and onions and combine. Add in soy sauce and salt + pepper to taste.

  • When dough has rested, remove from cling-wrap and cut log into 10 equal sized pieces.

  • Roll dough into flattened circles, fill with 2 tbsp of chicken filling and shape the buns.

  • Prepare a steaming plate by laying cabbage leaves on it. Arrange the chicken buns on the cabbage leaves and steam the buns for 30minutes.

  • Enjoy!
  • Mmm... the delicious bao. Hehehe... look at the mini one (on the right) I made with the leftover scraps :P it looks so gibbled

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