Steamed Chicken and Shiitake Buns

Total Time:
1 hr 30 min
Prep:
45 min
Inactive:
30 min
Cook:
15 min

Yield:
6 to 8 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • Dim Sum Buns:
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 1/8 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon dry yeast
  • 1/2 tablespoon melted lard
  • 2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 5 tablespoons water
  • Chicken and Shiitake Stuffing:
  • Canola oil, to cook
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 2 cups sliced shiitake mushrooms
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 2 cups ground chicken meat
  • 1/3 cup chopped chives
  • 1 tablespoon truffle oil
Directions

Buns: Mix warm water with sugar to dissolve. Add yeast and let stand for 10 minutes. Mixture should get foamy, or the yeast is dead. Mix in lard.

In a food processor, add flour and yeast mixture. While blade is spinning, pour in water until a ball forms. If dough is too sticky, add more flour. If dough appears dry and doesn't form a ball, add more water. As soon as a ball forms, take dough out and knead by hand on a floured surface. For 10 minutes roll dough into one long log about 2-inches thick. Cut into 2-inch pieces.

Filling: In a saute pan coated with oil, saute garlic and ginger. Add shiitakes and cook until soft. Season with salt and pepper. Let mixture cool.

Assembly: In a bowl, mix shiitakes, chicken, chives, and truffle oil. Season with salt and pepper. Keep filling chilled before stuffing buns.

Form thick circles and place about 1 tablespoon of stuffing in the middle of each piece of dough. Encircle stuffing with the dough, but do not seal. Let rest in a warm place for 30 minutes.

In a steamer basket, steam buns for 10 to 12 minutes.


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