Curry Chicken Pau/Bao

Curry Chicken Pau/Bao

Why not make some homemade baos with a very malaysian filling 🙂 Now you can ensure you use real ingredients to get the best tasting treats!

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Course: MainCuisine: AsianDifficulty: Easy


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  • For dough:
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast

  • 3/4 cup warm water

  • A drop of orange colouring

  • 5 tablespoons sugar

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup cornstarch

  • 1/4 cup canola or vegetable oil

  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

  • Filling
  • 2 Tbsp cooking oil

  • 350 gr potatoes peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes

  • 200 gr boneless chicken thighs, chopped

  • 1 large onion diced

  • 2 Tbsp curry powder

  • 1 Tbsp chilli powder

  • 1/4 cup chicken broth

  • 1/4 tsp sugar

  • Salt to taste

  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour


  • For the filling, Heat skillet/wok with oil. Saute onion until soft, about 3-4 minutes. Add chicken pieces and stir-fried until they turn color. Add potatoes, curry powder, chili powder and continue to cook for about 5 minutes. Add water or chicken broth, cover with a lid and let it simmer for about 10 minutes until the potatoes are soft. Uncover the lid and continue to cook until the liquid has evaporated. Sprinkle in the flour and continue to stir fry until the mixture sort of “glue” together because of the flour. It is easier to wrap it later. Have a taste and adjust seasoning as needed. Remove from the heat and let it cool down completely before wrapping.
  • For the dough, mix yeast, warm water, sugar and set aside for 10 mins.
  • In a mixer with a hook attachment, mix flour, cornstarch. Add in yeast mixture and canola oil. Knead until a soft dough is formed and knead for another 6-8 mins till elastic. Leave to rise for 2 hours. Punch down dough and knead in baking powder. Add some water with the dough and it is too dry to incorporate baking powder. Leave to rise for another 15 mins.
  • Divide dough into 10 pieces. Flatten and stuff with curry chicken filling. Shape bao and steam for 15 mins and turn off heat. Leave covered for another 5 minutes before removing.

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