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Char Siu Sou - A Real Recipe? Please?!

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iprobeattoomuch Jan 10, 2011 06:32 AM

I just discovered what these things were called, but I'm in love with them. I live in Manhattan, so I can get great Char Siu Sou in Chinatown, but I don't get down there as often as I need to, and I have a pretty serious Asian pantry (courtesy of Andrea Nguyen's outline in "Asian Dumplings").

Does anybody have a recipe for these triangular, flaky pockets of love? I have a good recipe for the char siu pork filling, but the dough that yields the slightly sweet, flaky, tender casing is what I can't seem to get a hold of.

Cookbooks, family recipes, links, chefs open to bribes, whatever. I'll take anything...

  1. scoopG Jan 14, 2011 04:19 PM

    Here's one:

    http://www.foodgal.com/2010/03/how-i-...

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      Eat.Choui Jan 14, 2011 09:01 PM

      I've never had char siu sao before. If you are familiar with chinese pastry, is it something like a water dough/oil dough combination like this:

      http://auntyyochana.blogspot.com/2007/12/seremban-siew-pow.html ?

      Here is a long video series showing how to roll out a water dough/oil dough combination. It's in Vietnamese and it's for Banh Pia, but just watching would it would help out a lot.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIIuAYaYZCY

      Check out her blog index for amazing Asian sweets: http://auntyyochanaindex.blogspot.com/

      This blogger also used the water dough/oil dough method (scroll past the panda bread part):

      http://honeybeesweets88.blogspot.com/2009/09/sun-tanned-panda-bread-loaf-mooncakes.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+HoneyBeeSweets+%28Honey+Bee+Sweets%29

      I hope this is what you are looking for. I wonder if Char Siu Sau is just a New York thing . . .

      Edit: I googled "siu pow"+"recipe" and got this (with great how-to photos):

      http://neckredrecipes.blogspot.com/20...

      So many different ways to say "bun!" I'm definitely trying this recipe out.

      1. Sarah Jan 14, 2011 09:15 PM

        Are you looking for a recipe for this -- not the usual bao --
        http://www.flickr.com/photos/yummyinthetummyblog/2826307696/in/photostream/
        Here's a recipe -- hope this helps --
        http://www.tastebook.com/recipes/7915...

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          iprobeattoomuch Jan 19, 2011 01:07 PM

          thanks to you all! fantastic!!

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