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Leftover Chinese Buns

Steamed Coconut buns filled with leftover Chinese take-out. Perfect way to use up leftover when you live by yourself and got carried away with over the phone ordering.

food

Leftover Chinese Buns

Steamed Coconut buns filled with leftover Chinese take-out. Perfect way to use up leftover when you live by yourself and got carried away with over the phone ordering.

Ingredients

  • Left over Chinese food (or frozen premade works to, just cook first following the directions)
  • 1 can of lite coconut milk
  • 3 1/3 cups of flour plus extra for dusting
  • 2 tablespoon of baking powder
  • 2 pinches of salt
  • Black Sesame seeds
  • Chopped chives (for garnish)
  • For Sauce: Heat up any left over sauce from the takeout
  • Unusual Equipment: Paper muffin cups and Steamer

Steps

  1. Place a large pot of water with the lid on, on the stove to boil.
  2. To make the dough combine flour, baking powder and salt together in a large bowl. Make sure they are well combined.
  3. Pour in the can of coconut milk.
  4. Stir with a wooden spoon until combined and then turn out onto a lightly floured surface to finish kneading and combining, with take 1 minute. If dough is too sticky, add more flour.
  5. Roll the dough out into a log and cut equally into 10-16 portions depending on the size of bun you'd like. Taking one portion, flour both sides as well as the rolling pin and roll out into a circle about 1 centimeter thick.
  6. Spoon a small amount of the left over Chinese food into the centre of the circle.
  7. To seal, dab one finger in water and run it along the edges of the circle.
  8. In a folding and fanning motion, gather and pinch the dough as you work around the circle until the entire filling is covered and the dough is sealed.
  9. Turn the ball over so that the seams are down and continue to squeeze and rotate the bottom, rolling it lightly into a ball shape. Be careful not to work roughly so that the filling doesn't escape.
  10. Place each ball into a muffin cup.
  11. Lightly brush the tops of each bun with water and then sprinkle on some black sesame seeds.
  12. Fit 5 or so buns into your steamer basket and then set it up on the pot of boiling water with a lid.
  13. The buns will need 25-30 minutes to steam. *Don't open the lid in this time.
  14. Once fully cooked, removed from the steamer and garnish tops with chopped chives. Enjoy as an appetizer or main meal with a side salad.