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looking for a cha shao shu recipe

favolaus Oct 11, 2006 07:11 PM

Anyone have a cha shao shu or cha shao su recipe? I've poked around the internet some and thru all the chinese cookbooks at my library any can't find one. It is this wonderful small pork sandwich made with a sort of pie crust/flakey dough and BBQ pork.


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    bostonbakedbean RE: favolaus Oct 11, 2006 07:18 PM


    is this close?

    1. favolaus RE: favolaus Oct 11, 2006 07:29 PM

      The filling is what I am looking for, but the dough isn't steamed. It is a flakey baked sandwich with an egg wash and sesame seeds on top.

      I think there are a bunch of different ways to spell it in english.


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        peachblossom RE: favolaus Oct 11, 2006 08:44 PM

        I believe this is one of the items you'd find in a typical dim sum restaurant. With that in mind, I'd try to find the recipe in dim sum cookbooks

        1. mrsmegawatt RE: favolaus Oct 11, 2006 11:21 PM

          Are you talking about half moon shaped pastry? I believe at our local restaurant they call it char siu so. It seems to me that the filling is extremely similar to the filling of baked and steamed bao. The pastry appears to be puffed pastry which can be store bought. That's my guess.

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            bruce RE: favolaus Oct 12, 2006 12:03 AM

            I think one problem is that these actually have a different name when they have the flakey pastry. THey are called cha siu so instead of cha siu bao.

            Try this link:


            The shape is different than what I'm used to, but may be what you are looking for.

            1. favolaus RE: favolaus Oct 12, 2006 12:08 AM

              Thanks for that spelling. From what I gather I can basically make it with the cha shao bao filling but with puff pastry dough.


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                sweetie RE: favolaus Oct 12, 2006 12:29 AM

                That's exactly what I would do. You will get a slightly diferent flavor though, because chinese puff pastry does not use butter.

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