Use bleached flour for the dough to achieve the proper color and texture.
Recipe courtesy of Martha Stewart
6 hr 55 min
45 min
6 servings


For the dough:
Barbecued Pork: Mei Kuei Lu Chiew is a liqueur made from fermented rose petals mixed into a sorghum base.
For the filling:


For the dough:

For the filling: In a small bowl, combine chicken stock, oyster sauce, sugar, tapioca starch, ketchup, soy sauce, and white pepper; set aside. Heat a wok over high heat for 40 seconds and add oil. Coat wok with oil using a spatula. When a wisp of white smoke appears, add onion. Lower heat to medium, and cook until onion turns light brown, about 2 minutes. Raise heat to high, add pork, and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add wine, and stir to combine. Stir the reserved stock mixture and add it to the wok. Cook, stirring, until the sauce thickens and turns brown, 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. Add sesame oil, and stir to combine. Transfer to a shallow dish. Cool to room temperature. Refrigerate uncovered, for at least 4 hours or up to overnight. For the dough: On a clean work surface, combine flour, sugar, and baking powder. Make a well in the center, add milk gradually, and combine flour mixture with fingers. When milk is absorbed, add 3 tablespoons water, and work dough with fingers. Add lard, and continue to work dough with fingers. Using a dough scraper, gather dough in 1 hand and knead it with the other. Knead until dough is smooth and elastic, 12 to 15 minutes. (If dough is dry, add 1 teaspoon water at a time and continue to knead. If dough is wet, sprinkle a bit of flour on work surface and on hands and continue working it.) When dough is elastic (it will bounce back if you poke it lightly), cover with plastic wrap and let rest 1 hour. Prepare the buns: Cut 16 (2 1/2-inch) squares of parchment or waxed paper. Bring a pan of water to a boil. Roll dough into a cylinder 16 inches long. Cut into 1-inch pieces. Roll each piece into a ball. Work with 1 piece at a time; cover those not being used with a piece of plastic wrap. Press a ball of dough down lightly, then, with fingers, press a well into the center. Place 1 tablespoon filling into the well, and pleat the dough with fingers until filling is completely enclosed. Repeat for all 16. Place buns on parchment squares, and place in steamer at least 2 inches apart to permit expansion. Cover steamer. Place over boiling water, and steam until dough is fluffy and dry and filling is hot, 12 to 20 minutes. Remove buns from steamer, and repeat with remaining buns. Serve warm.

Barbecued Pork: Mei Kuei Lu Chiew is a liqueur made from fermented rose petals mixed into a sorghum base.

Cut pork into lengthwise strips 2 inches wide and 1 inch thick. Using a small knife, pierce the meat repeatedly at 1/2-inch intervals to help tenderize it. Place pork strips in a single layer at bottom of a small baking pan. Combine honey, wet preserved bean curd, Mei Kuei Lu Chiew, dark soy sauce, soy sauce, oyster sauce, hoisin sauce, five-spice powder, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Pour over pork. Turn to coat. Cover with plastic wrap, and marinate, refrigerated, for at least 4 hours or overnight. Heat oven to broil. Unwrap baking pan, and place in broiler about 4 inches from heat. Broil until cooked through, 15 to 35 minutes (depending on the heat of your broiler). The pork should be turned 3 or 4 times while it cooks. If the sauce dries out, add some boiling water to pan. When meat is cooked, remove from pan. Use immediately or allow to cool, then refrigerate until ready to use. Yield: 2 1/2 pounds Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 30 minutes Non-active preparation time: 4 hours



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