Monday, October 31, 2016

Nom Pao/Banh Bao (Steamed Bun with Meat Filling)

 

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INGREDIENTS FOR THE DOUGH:


1 cup of lukewarm WHOLE milk

2 teaspoons of active dry yeast

1/3 cup of sugar (add a Tablespoon more if you like your buns a tad sweeter)

4 cups of cake flour (may sub for all purpose flour)

2 teaspoons of Alsa baking powder or Rumford baking powder

2 Tablespoons of tapioca starch

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1 Tablespoon of vegetable oil

INGREDIENTS FOR THE FILLING:


1 pound of ground turkey (may sub for ground pork or chicken)

1/4 cup of minced woodear mushroom (may sub for any mushroom)

1/3 cup of finely chopped sweet onion

1 green onion chopped

2 teaspoons of sugar

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1/2 teaspoon of msg (optional)

1/2 teaspoon of white pepper

1 teaspoon of garlic powder

1 Tablespoon of fish sauce

1 Tablespoon of oyster sauce

1 egg

3 Tablespoons of plain breadcrumbs

YOU WILL ALSO NEED:


4 hard boiled eggs, each quartered (to make 16 pieces)

a steamer

16 parchment squares

water

vinegar

ice cream scoop (optional)

MAKE THE FILLING:


Into a large mixing combine all of the ingredients for the filling together and mix well. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

TO MAKE THE DOUGH:

1. Warm up milk until lukewarm (make sure it's not too hot!). Add in your sugar and active dry yeast. Stir and set aside until foamy.
2. Into a large mixing bowl, add in your cake flour, salt, tapioca starch, and baking powder. Stir until combined.
3. Make a well in the center of your dry ingredients, stir milk and yeast mixture, and pour it into your your large mixing bowl.
4. Using a wooden spoon, stir for about 30 seconds and then add in your vegetable oil. Stir again.
5. Dump your dough onto a clean work surface and knead by hand for an additional 3-5 minutes, until nice and smooth. Sprinkle in more flour as needed.
6. Put a bit of vegetable oil into the same large mixing bowl as earlier, and lightly coat the bowl all over. Add in your dough, toss to coat and cover with saran wrap (directly on the surface of the dough) for about an hour or until doubled in size.
7. Place dough onto clean surface, poke it all over with your fingers, and gently roll it into a log (about 16 inches long). Divide the dough into 8 equal sized pieces and cover with a clean dish towel until ready to use.

HOW TO ASSEMBLE:

1. Take one of your dough pieces and cut it in half. Place the other piece back under your dish towel. Flatten your dough using your hands, and then bring the dough under itself to create a smooth rounded ball. Place ball on counter and using a rolling pin, roll it out flat, making sure it's thick in the middle and thinner as you go out.
2. Place about two Tablespoons of meat filling (use an ice cream scoop for even sized fillings) in the middle of your dough then add a piece of egg on top. Bring up the dough up over the egg and meat filling, and pinch to seal. Place shaped dough onto a parchment square and repeat steps with the other pieces of dough.
3. Put enough water into your pot for steaming. How much you use will depend on how big your steamer is. Add in 1/4 cup of vinegar. Add on your steamer compartments. (I stack two on top of each other, but only place the buns in the top compartment only.) Cover with a lid. With your stove on medium high heat, bring the water to a rolling boil and allow the steamer to get nice and hot for a 5 full minutes.
4. Place your shaped buns into the hot steamer (you may need to work in batches) and steam for about 25 minutes or until filling is cooked through. Serve hot or wait for them to cool down, saran wrap, and place them into the fridge for up to two days. These microwave really well! :)

NOTES:

-You may sub for all purpose flour but using cake flour will yield in a much softer and whiter bun.
-You may make ahead: scoop out your meat filling onto baking sheet fitted with foil, freeze, and then place shaped filling into ziplock baggies until ready to
use!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Spam and Egg Kimbap

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My kids LOVE this stuff! You can can call these spam and egg kimbap, or simply, a deconstructed spam and egg musubi. These are super easy to put together and make great school lunches, not to mention, they aren't messy when your kids start to eat them! It's a win-win!

Feel free to switch up the fillings with whatever you'd like. It also tastes great with some raw tuna and avocado slices, too! Just make sure to have some soy sauce on hand for dipping. YOU'RE WELCOME! :)

INGREDIENTS:
(the following makes 4-5 whole kimbaps or 40-50 sliced pieces of kimbap)

one can of 25% less sodium spam

2 extra large eggs

TO MARINADE THE SPAM:


1/4 cup of hot water

2 Tablespoons of packed brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon of onion powder

1/4 teaspoon of black pepper

1 Tablespoon of Maggie seasoning or soy sauce

2 teaspoons of Mirin

2 teaspoons of sesame oil

FOR THE RICE FILLING:

4 cups of cooked rice

2 Tablespoons of sushi vinegar

1 Tablespoon of furikake rice seasoning

3 teaspoons of olive oil

pinch of salt

pinch of pepper

YOU WILL ALSO NEED:


5 pieces of Nori (roasted seaweed)

olive oil

bamboo sushi mat (optional)

sesame seeds (for garnish)

small bowl of water

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INSTRUCTIONS:


1. Remove spam from can and slice into 6, 1/4 inch thick slices. (You will only need half a can of spam for this recipe, but I always keep the other half to use the following day.)
2. Make your marinade for your spam. Into a shallow dish, add in your cut spam and then pour your marinade on top. Marinade at room temp for 30 minutes.
3. Into a small bowl, whisk together your extra large eggs. Season with salt and pepper.
4. Into a hot pan on medium heat, add in some olive oil. Pour in your eggs. Swirl the pan around to evenly distribute the eggs. Once the bottom is cooked, use a flat spatula to carefully turn over the eggs. Cook for additional minute, or until cooked through. Transfer cooked eggs onto a cutting board and slice into thin strips. Set aside.
5. Fry your spam: Into a hot pan on medium high heat, add in half of your spam. (Use all of the spam if cooking for a large group.) Fry until golden brown. Flip spam over and add in some of your marinade--you want just enough liquid in there to create some gooey sauce. Cook until liquid has evaporated and spam is cooked to your liking. Remove from heat, and slice up spam into strips. (Place any uncooked spam (in marinade) into the fridge for later use.
6. Into a large mixing bowl, add in 4 cups of cooked rice and season with sushi vinegar, furikake, olive oil, and salt and pepper. Mix well and set aside.

HOW TO ASSEMBLE SPAM AND EGG KIMBAP:


Lay a sheet of seaweed (shiny side down) on your bamboo sushi mat. Top with two scoops of seasoned rice (3/4 cup to 1 cup of rice), making sure to leave at least a 1/2 inch border on the top and bottom of your seaweed sheet. Dip your fingers into the bowl of water to press down on the rice, making sure it is even and flat. Add in two slices of egg, followed by two slices of spam. Roll your seaweed over the spam and egg, keeping it nice and tight. Roll the bamboo sushi mat over your finished kimbap, and hold it tightly for several seconds. Using a pastry brush, lightly coat the kimbap with olive oil or sesame oil. Slice the ends off (and then eat them!). Slice equally into 8-10 pieces. Garnish with more furikake or sesame seeds. Serve immediately or eat in one day!

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