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Old 03-11-2005, 12:08 AM   #1
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My Bao Experiment

I am trying to recreate my own version of a sweet bao. Instead of using yellow beans, I am going to use red beans. I have no recipe, just basing it off of what I have seen my Mom do with yellow beans and blind luck.

I put 2 ramekins of red beans (the ones from the Asian store, not the kidney beans) in a crockpot and plan to cook it overnight. Tomorrow when it is all done, I will dry cook it with some coconut cream. (Mom uses coconut milk, but I want to see how this works). I will as sugar to taste and then run it though a food mill. I have some prepackaged bao flour to use for the outside.

Cross your fingers! I will report back soon and take pics. I make really ugly bao, my hands aren't used to it and I haven't gotten a feel for it yet. :-) Mine look similar to ones that my step son makes!

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Old 03-11-2005, 12:26 AM   #2
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Well, I dont dont what bao is. but I hope it turns out! :)
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Old 03-11-2005, 04:32 AM   #3
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Are you talking about Dow Sa Bao - steamed dumplings with sweet bean paste filling? I love those things - but never tried to make them. I know there are other versions of Bao with different fillings (chicken, pork, etc.) but since you mentioned the beans and sugar I'm guessing you're making the sweet bean-paste filling.

Let us know how they turn out! And if they are good - a recipe would be nice.
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Old 03-11-2005, 05:49 AM   #4
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its sort of like a umm how to describe it??
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I don't know what they are but, they sure look good
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Old 03-11-2005, 11:37 AM   #6
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Bao is basically a steamed dumpling. It can have a sweet filling or a savory filling. The picture chef posted looks like it's the bao with bbq pork filling (Chinese). The Vietnamese also have a meat filling, but it's completely different (ground pork, hard boiled egg, dried shitake mushroom, peas). I am only familiar with Chinese & Vietnamese bao, I wonder if other cultures have bao (i.e. Korea, Laos, Thai, etc)Even the sweet bao, there are many variations of it. Sometimes I go buy the canned sweet bean paste and put it in puffed pastry for what I call my "East meets West" bao. Lame, I know...especially considering someone else probably started doing that long before I ever did.
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would bao fall under the category of dim sum?
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Old 03-11-2005, 12:00 PM   #8
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Yes. The usually have both savory and sweet at dim sum.
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Old 03-11-2005, 03:30 PM   #9
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We call the steamed dumplings, manapua. I love the ones with the sweet bean filling. You can put just about anything in these dumplings. We have a store here that sells the manapua with these fillings-BBQ chicken with maui onion, shoyu chicken, garlic chicken, curry chicken, kalua pig, roast duck, lup chong, taro.A manapua is a meal in itself.


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Old 03-12-2005, 05:48 PM   #10
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Here are pictures of the results.

Raw bao (unsteamed):


Bao after it has been steamed:


The filling (uncooked):


The filling (cooked):
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