Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Home-made Siew Pau

I have always wanted to try making Siew Paus at home but had never really gotten round to doing it. Mostly because I wasn't very sure on how the "oil" and "water" doughs work and the technique of rolling the pastry. There's a certain way of doing that which would result in the thin flaky pastry of the Siew Pau.

Then I stumbled upon this blog here which had very clear instructions and photos (yayyy!) on how to fold and roll the pastry. What a godsend!

The first time I tried that recipe I found the dough to be a bit dry and so it was quite a task folding the siew paus & making sure the dough stick together at the top and not have "erupted volcanoes" as a result! So, I tweaked the recipe a bit and the 2nd attempt yielded softer, more pliable dough which turned out very well.

Here's my "tweaked" recipe:

Water Dough
120g plain flour
120g bread/high protein flour
100ml cooking oil
40g castor sugar
1 tsp honey
150ml water

Oil Dough
125g plain flour
80g shortening


Water Dough
1. Sieve the flours into a bowl. Rub in the oil until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
2. Mix the sugar & honey with the water. Pour into flour mixture and knead into a dough.
3. Rest the dough for about 30min.
4. Divide dough into 18 pieces.

Oil Dough
Just mix the shortening into the flour and rub/knead into a dough. Divide dough into 18 pieces.

To Roll & Fold Dough:

1. Flatten the Water Dough in your palm & place the Oil Dough on top (Pic 1)
2. Fold the Water Dough over the Oil Dough (Pic 2)
3. Roll out the combined dough (Pic 3)
4. Roll up the pastry into a "swissroll" (Pic 4) and then roll it out again - repeat Pic 3 & Pic 4
5. Roll out dough into a circular shape, put in about 2 tbsp filling, fold & pleat the siew pau.
6. Brush the paus with some beaten egg yolk and bake in 180deg C for 25 minutes

Oh, for the Filling, here's the recipe:

300g char siew/chicken fillet (or whatever meat you fancy!) - diced
100g green peas
1 Bombay onion - diced
1 tbsp chopped garlic
2 tbsp cooking oil
2 tsp salt & dash of pepper
2 tbsp oyster sauce
2 tsp black soya sauce
1 tbsp soya sauce
2 tbsp chinese wine
100ml water
1 tbsp cornflour mixed with 2 tbsp water
some chopped chinese parsley

1. Saute chopped garlic & bombay onion. Add in charsiew/chicken/meat and green peas.
2. Add in all the seasonings, sauces and water & let simmer for about 15 minutes.
3. Add in the corn starch to thicken the gravy, chinese wine and chopped parsley.
4. Cool the filling before making the siew pau.

I'm so glad to say that the pastry turned out perfect - flaky and crispy!

Do try this at home - it's really quite easy and not as intimidating as I thought!

LL loved this so much - he practically polished off the entire batch and kept asking me to make some more! Can't blame him because I used charsiew bought from Spring Golden, you know!