Bao Baby, Bao…made Easy:
Have you ever tried Bao? I have – in all the best Chinese restaurants in London. These little fluffy white steamed pancakes hold a delicious filling and make the perfect light meal or starter. Would I ever normally try to make them myself? well not unless I was making a very special Chinese feast – because these are yeast-leavened, they normally take 2 hours or more rising time and it would be far beyond my normal culinary experimentation and stretch my patience.
My favourite Chinese cookery expert, Jeremy Pang, has come up with a solution, in the form of the School of Wok Bao Bun Kit. The ingredients contain a special Bao flour and a mixture of yeast with a little baking powder to speed up the rising process and mean that you can make your own Bao at home in just 30 minutes.
I went along to the School of Wok, where Jeremy runs a series of courses, to find out more and had great, if somewhat messy fun, with a whole group of food bloggers making my own Bao and then, of course, enjoying eating what we’d created. It’s not the first time I’ve been to The School of Wok and I would heartily recommend it if you want to learn more about Chinese food and practise making recipes that you will almost certainly want to try again at home.
The Bao are made by mixing up a light dough, leaving it to rise while you prepare your filling and wok fry it and then rolling the dough into a long sausage
Slices of the sausage are then formed into bao balls and rolled out into oval which you flip in half before popping into a steamer.
Just a few minutes later you will be rewarded with light fluffy bao just waiting for the filling.
Now, while you might not end up with something quite as glamorous as the delicious bao I tried at Yuu Kitchen, the spices and pickling mixture included in the School of Wok Bao Bun Kit mean that you DO get something quite authentic to enjoy.
And, it’s a no-hassle way to have fun at home and create your own fakeaway Chinese feast.
I’m delighted that Jeremy has created this very special kit. And even more delighted that he’s offered us one to give away as part of the 12 days of Christmas Giveaway! To enter for a chance to win your own Bao Bun kit, please pop over to the School of Wok site. We’d like to know from you which cuisine you’d like to see them cover that isn’t already in their programme.
Just follow the rafflecopter through and remember to answer the mandatory question in the comments below.
Here are a few of the other recipes I’ve learnt at the School of Wok over the years
Claypot Chicken and Mushroom Rice With Jeremy Pang and the Hong Kong Tourist Board
Sichuan Chicken as part of An Introduction to the Wok Course
Easy Egg Fried Rice as part of An Introduction to the Wok Course
Masaman Roast Poussin with Jeremy Pang and WorldFoods
Fujian Style Fried Rice with the writers of China the CookBook
Which one is your favourite?