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Char Siu Bao – Part 1 – The Bao

The Bao

Who doesn’t love Char Siu Bao???  It’s my favorite thing to order whenever we go for Dim Sum.  I have always wanted to make it at home but it’s so hard finding the right recipe…until now.  I have attempted these long time ago, I think I was still in high school.  I had found a promising recipe but being a novice baker, I didn’t have much experience with baking.  The first time I tried to make the bao, it was hard as a rock.  After several attempts, I just gave up.  I didn’t think I could replicate the same texture as the ones you find at the dim sum places.

I was surfing one day looking for a cake recipe and I found a site that had the char siu bao recipe.  The pictures on the blog drew me in, it looked so nice and fluffy, I had to try it out.  I decided to just try to make the bao first since I didn’t want to waste the filling in case it didn’t turn out right.  I am glad I did because this recipe turned out great!  I am still going to experiment a bit with the recipe to perfect it even more.  The taste was perfect but the texture wasn’t exactly what I wanted.  I think I will work on it a bit more and see if I can make it just as fluffy as the ones you find at dim sum.

I will post my tweaks once I’m happy with it.

Here is the link to the recipe that I used:

Char Siu Bao

The texture is almost there...it's still fluffy, but not as fluffy as I would like.


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