Steamed Piggy Buns
This is Part IV of the Steamed Bun Series. Here are the other posts in this series:
Part I: Mantou (Chinese Steamed Bun) 饅頭
Part II: Chinese Steamed Pork Meat Bun 包子
Part III: Steamed BBQ Pork Bun 叉燒包
Believe or not, these soft and almost too-adorable-to-eat steamed piggy buns are one of the hottest Dim Sum items served up in restaurants here in New York City.
On a recent visit to Golden Unicorn, a popular dim sum restaurant here in NYC that’s known for their piggy custard buns among other dishes, after waiting for 30 minutes before being seated, I was told that they temporarily ran out of the piggy buns and the next batch wouldn’t come out in a while.
I was disappointed and frustrated and thought to myself that nobody should be denied to enjoy these cute and fluffy buns. So, I decided to take the matter into my own hands and create these buns in my own kitchen. It turns out, these piggy buns aren’t super hard to make, especially if you have already made steamed Chinese buns before.
For those who are new to steamed bun, please check out my Chinese steamed bun / mantou recipe. The fundamental is pretty much the same but with the piggy buns, you’ll have to be just a little crafty. You’ll need to use food dye to create 3 different sets of dough for the faces, noses, and ears and put build each individual piggy using these parts.
Although this recipe only produces plain piggy buns, you can easily stuff them with sweet fillings such as red bean paste or lotus seed paste or custard or even this savory pork stuffing.
Also, feel free to get creative with the color scheme. I went with pink as the face color as that’s Mrs. Yi Reservation’s favorite color but I’d love to see what other color combination you guys can come up with 🙂
Yield: 12 buns
Prep Time: 3.5 hours
Cook Time: 15 mintues
Total Time: 3h 45min
- 400g All purpose flour
- 1 tsp instant yeast
- 200ml milk or water +/- 10ml
- ½ tsp baking powder
- 1tbsp cooking oil
- 90g sugar
- 2g salt
- 3 drop red food dye
- 4 drop yellow food dye
- black sesame seeds
If you get to make these, please don’t hesitate to share your pictures with me!!