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Pumpkin Vegetarian Steam Buns (南瓜包子)

This is a soft and fluffy pumpkin steam bun. In chinese we called it bao zi '包子' I never make vegeterian filling steam bao zi before. Last week i made some wholemeal bao zi* for my youngest to bring to school as snack. His teacher 'Mrs Singh' is a vegetarian ask me if i could make some bao zi with vegetable fillings only, I am ever happy to make some for her.
*(will share in my next post)
I made these pumpkin skin bao zi into vegetarian steam buns. A few days later i made some pumpkin bao zi with vegetable fillings and sent 4 of them to Teacher Singh. She loves it!! Yay!! 
Soft and fluffy skin with loaded vegetarian filling ..
I steamed them in a wok with a big piece of cloth wrapping the wok cover to prevent vapor form dripping onto the bao zi. (here)
Pumpkin Vegetarian Steam Buns 
Recipe adapted from '包 PAUS' by Coco Kong 
Makes 14 

Ingredients for steam bun skin:

A. (mixed just prior to using)
2 tsp instant yeast
100-120ml water (i use 110ml)

280g pau flour 
100g icing sugar
20g shortening (i use Crisco)
160g sweet potato - peel, steam and mash whist hot  (i use pumpkin - washed and steamed the pumpkin skin on. When it is cooked just scoop the flesh out with a spoon)
1 tsp double action baking powder

Vegetable filling:
200g long bean 
4 pcs tau kwa (yellow bean curd) - slice into cubes
3 pcs chinese mushroom (shitake) - washed, soaked and cut into cubes, keep the soaked water*
1/2 carrot - shredded
2 cloves garlic - chopped

1 1/2 tsp salt
3 tsp light soy sauce
1/2 tsp pepper
5 tbsp water (use the soaked water)

14 paper cup cases (flattened) 

To Do:
Prepared the filling first:
Heat wok with some oil. Add in chopped garlic, stir fry till fragrance. Add into long bean and salt. (the saltiness depends on individual taste but this filling have to be a bit saltier than your normal taste because the bao zi skin is slightly more to the sweet side) Add other ingredients and seasoning fry well. Lastly add the mushroom stock and stir fry for a while then add in pepper. Dish up, cool well.
For skin:
  • Combine ingredients B in the big mixing bowl. Add in ingredients A, mix well invert onto a work top and knead with your palms for 2 minutes till dough is shinny and soft. Return the dough into the big mixing bowl (oiled it) cover with a piece of cloth, proof for 30 minutes. Divide into 48g each part. (i add all the ingredients in the bread maker pan and let the machine do all the mixing and kneading. I use dough mode which take about 20 minutes)
I normally steamed the pumpkin with skin on and scoop out the flesh later. So easy that i don't need to peel the skin which is very very hard :p

To Shape:
  • Flatten the 50g dough into a round shape with the side thinner then the center. Ensure the center is slightly bulge. Place 2 tablespoons of filling and gather the edges by sealing the opening and lay the sealed part upwards on a flatten paper cup case. Repeat process to the rest. Cover the wrapped bao zi with a piece of cloth and proof for 30-40 minutes. (i proof mine for 20 minutes)
  • Bring water to a rapid boil. Arrange the bao zi onto the steaming rack and put into the wok. Steam over medium heat for 10 minutes
There is two ways of pleating the bao zi. Which type do you like ?
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  1. 肚子好饿叻,快快送几粒热乎乎的包子来让我裹腹,这样才有力为小拇指冲冲冲,

    1. 来来来,为小拇指冲冲冲。。。

  2. Hi Mui mui, l love your veggie version bao zi. Absolutely healthy and yummy!

    1. Thanks Esther.
      This is my first time making the veggie version.

  3. 还看到点点橙色的南瓜肉的。好赞的包子。

    1. 啊咯! 啊咯!Jo
      那点点南瓜肉看了很爽。 。哈哈!

  4. Oh these piping hot vegetarian南瓜包子look so yummy !

  5. 馅料。。馅料。。好丰富也!

  6. I like this baozi veggie4 version too! Healthy and delicious. Can I 4 too?

  7. 哇!馅料多到要爆开了!太棒了!

    1. 咩咩, 来来来一起尝尝。

  8. Vegetarian pau sounds good for a change . And yours looks good and with the golden colour makes one have a huge appetite for it.

    1. Mel, it is true. I never thought that veggie bao zi can be equally good too.
      if you have time try it. You may like it :D

  9. Mui Mui, I just posted bao zhi too but mine is alien bao, yours are pretty bao heeheehee

    1. Jess, i just drop by to taste your alien bao zi.
      They are great and cute. soft and fluffy!! heehee

  10. mui mui, not only Teacher Singh love it, me too!

  11. 哇,看那馅料,简直满到泄了,谁吃到这些包子,真幸福啊

  12. 馅料好丰富,包皮又好滑,那位老师真的是有口福了 :)

  13. Doreen , the flour is 280 grams ?

    1. Hi Anne,
      Yes, it's 280 grams of bao flour only.

  14. Thanks , Doreen ! I've just finished making them , I'll let you know how it'll turn out :D


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