Gali Ji Baos (Chinese Curried Chicken Buns)

I posted a few weeks ago about how much Chris loves Cha Siu Baos (barbecue pork buns) and how I was stoked to find a ‘mix’ for the bun dough. Well, I decided to try it out, with some modifications.

I headed to the grocery store after work to get some ground pork for the baos. Unfortunately, I was not able to find ground pork and I didn’t have time to slow-cook and shred pork, so I decided to go with a different white meat. At this point I fully intended to go with barbecue chicken buns.

Until I got home that is. I did not read the recipe thoroughly enough before going to the store and I had not gotten oyster sauce. Big change of plans. Not so bad though, these things are awesome. I think the filling will be awesome over rice.

Ingredients:

  •  1 lb. ground chicken, pork, or turkey
  • 1/2 tbsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp tumeric
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp cilantro, finely chopped (optional)
  • Bao Dough
    • 1 package bun mix (see picture below)
    • 1 cup milk
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 1 tbsp oil

Directions:

  • Make bun dough according to package or another recipe that you choose.
  • Brown the white meat of your choice in a frying pan.
  • While the meat browns, mix in all of the non-dough ingredients.
  • After the meat has finished cooking, drain well.
  • Divide dough into about 12 equal pieces.
  • For each bao:
    • Flatten each piece of dough into a circle about 4″ in diameter.
    • Spoon a heaping tablespoon of filling into the center.
    • Pinch up edges and seal.
    • Place on a 4″ x 4″ parchment paper square.
  • Steam baos for about 15 minutes, wrapped in parchment paper, separated at least 1″ from the edge of the steamer and 1″ from each other.

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