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    Char Siew Puffs (Char Siew Sow) - Dim Sum

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    1 hr 50 mins

    1 hr 30 mins

    20 mins

    WaterMelon's Note:

    I have not tried this recipe yet, but hopefully will make this soon as I love Char Siew Sow! Recipe found on internet - Jo's Bakery. Prep time includes 30mins chilling time for the dough. NOTE - this recipe is not really authentic as the fat used in traditional Chinese pastry is usually lard instead of butter.

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    Egg wash


    1. 1
      Prepare Filling: Combine soy sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil, sugar and water and stir until sugar is dissolved; stir in cornstarch.
    2. 2
      Heat oil in a pan, once hot, fry shallot till fragrant.
    3. 3
      Slowly pour in the sauce mixture and cook until sauce thickens.
    4. 4
      Add diced char siew to the sauce, stir to coat well.
    5. 5
      Prepare dough: Sift all-purpose flour, baking powder, custard powder and icing sugar into a mixing bowl.
    6. 6
      Rub in the butter until mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs.
    7. 7
      Stir egg into the flour mixture to make a pliable dough.
    8. 8
      Wrap dough in a large plastic bag (approx 20x30cm or 8x12inch) and chill for at least 30 minutes.
    9. 9
      Remove dough from fridge and roll it out (in the bag) to obtain a 8 x 12" rectangle.
    10. 10
      Cut the edges of the plastic bag and take the dough out; divide it equally into 12 portions (use a pizza roller/dough scraper for easier cutting).
    11. 11
      Put some filling on each dough portion, fold it so that filling is enclosed; seal edges by crimping with a fork.
    12. 12
      Brush the pastries with egg wash (lightly beat egg, water and salt together).
    13. 13
      Bake in a preheated oven at 180-190°C or 350-375°F for 20 minutes until golden brown.
    14. 14
      Serve while they are still hot or warm.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on March 21, 2008


      I was kind of disappointed with this recipe. The pastry crust wasn't as tasty as I'd hoped.

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    • on January 10, 2007


      Thanks for sharing this recipe.It was good.

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    • on November 21, 2006


      I used this recipe just for the filling to put inside the Dim Sum Buns Bergy Dim Sum #6 Steamed sweet Bean Buns. This filling was awesome. Thank you.

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    Nutritional Facts for Char Siew Puffs (Char Siew Sow) - Dim Sum

    Serving Size: 1 (459 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 107.7
    Calories from Fat 55
    Total Fat 6.1 g
    Saturated Fat 2.7 g
    Cholesterol 49.0 mg
    Sodium 148.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 9.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.2 g
    Sugars 2.4 g
    Protein 3.8 g

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    custard powder

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