Crispy Pork Steamed Bao Buns

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Crispy Pork Steamed Bao Buns
New Idea food

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Enter IMPRECIPES – easy recipes designed to impress!

Each week, our food experts Barbara Northwood and Amy Sinclair will show you how to create show-stopping dishes using minimal ingredients and easy tricks.

This week it’s Crispy Pork Steamed Bao Buns. These tasty morsels will please everyone in the family and to make it even more fun, you can get everyone to help assemble them.

Even better, the fact that you eat then with your hands and don’t need a plate means hardly any washing up!

Crispy Pork Steamed Bao Buns (Credit: New Idea food)

Crispy Pork Steamed Bao Buns

Makes 10, Prep and Cook: 40 mins


600g piece slow cooked pork belly

300g packet frozen gua bao buns (10)

¼ cup char siu sauce

1 Lebanese cucumber, trimmed, cut into matchsticks

2 green spring onions, thinly sliced diagonally

Fresh coriander sprigs, to serve (optional)

1. Cook pork belly according to packet directions for about 30 minutes, or until pork is cooked and crackling is crisp. Remove.  Stand for 10 minutes. Slice pork into pieces.

2. Meanwhile, line a bamboo steamer with a sheet of baking paper. Pierce holes over paper to allow steam to escape. Place bao buns in a single layer over paper. Steam according to packet directions, until soft and spongy. 

3. Combine char siu sauce with 1 tablespoon water in a heatproof jug. Microwave on High (100%) for about 30 seconds, or until warm.

4. Serve buns filled with pork, cucumber and onions. Drizzle with sauce. Garnish with fresh coriander sprigs.

TIP We used Three Aussie Farmers Slow Cooked Pork Belly available from the refrigerator section of Woolworths. Gua boa buns, also known as Taiwanese burger buns, are available from the freezer section of major supermarkets or Asian grocers. For extra crisp pork crackling, place under a preheated grill.

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