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Chinese Buns with Sliced Pork Belly


Preparation Time:   60  (mins)
Cooking Time:   60  (mins)
Cooking Method:   ----
Cook level:   Normal

Ingredients

warm water 1 ⅛ cups.
sugar 1 Tbsp.
yeast powder 1 Tbsp.
all-purpose flour 1 lb.
pork belly 1 lb.
star anise pod 1
green onions 1
cinnamon bark 1 piece
cilantro 1 bunch
cooking wine 2 Tbsp.
hot water 4 cups
Sesame seeds as desired


Seasoning Mix

Soy Sauce 12 Tbsp.
Seasoned Soy Sauce 4 Tbsp.


Directions
1.   In warm water, dissolve sugar, add yeast, and slowly stir in all-purpose flour. Stir flour mixture while pouring water to make dough. Set aside and let rise for 1 hour. [In a covered bowl? Usually, dough is covered with plastic wrap and the bowl is put in a warm place to help rise.]
2.   Soak pork belly in cold water. Rinse and cut into cubes. Sauté in a pan till golden brown, add cooking wine, 8 Tbsp. Lee Kum Kee Soybean Sauce, all the Lee Kum Kee Seasoned Soy Sauce, and sauté over low heat. Add star anise, cinnamon, and hot water, and bring to boil. Turn down to low heat and braise for 1 hour. Drain and let cool. Chop pork belly into pieces and mix with green onion, cilantro, and remaining 4 Tbsp. of Lee Kum Kee Soybean Sauce. Set aside.
3.   Divide the risen dough into 8 pieces, rolling each piece to a 1 cm thickness. Sprinkle sesame seeds on the top and bake in a pan on the top of stove over medium heat until done.
4.   Slice open the buns and place sliced pork belly inside.

Tag: Chinese Buns, Pork Belly
Tips

1. If you have more time, you may add a little pure sesame oil and cooking wine in the soybean sauce. Steam over high heat for 12 minutes to bring up flavor. 2. The perfect water temperature for dissolving yeast powder should be the same as human body temperature (98ºF), the maximum should not exceed 138ºF. 3. Brushing oil on the buns while baking will make them crispier and less oily. 4. Chinese buns may be replaced with hamburger buns, English muffins, or bagels. [**Hasn’t the cooking oil already been added? Or is intended sense here that the sesame oil gets added to the cooking oil? If so, then I’d change the “and” to “to the” so that it would read: add a little pure sesame oil to the cooking oil.]

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