Vegetarian Pau

Vegetarian Pau

Why not make your own 100% plant based baos? Look deep into traditions and you will find plant based solutions that will be better for you and the planet!

Siu Mai (Halal Version)

Siu Mai (Halal Version)

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Course: MainCuisine: AsianDifficulty: Easy


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  • For dough:
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast

  • 3/4 cup warm water

  • 5 tablespoons sugar

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup cornstarch

  • 1/4 cup canola or vegetable oil

  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 -2 teaspoons water (optional)

  • Filling
  • 2 tbsp oil

  • 5 green onions, finely chopped

  • 1 tbsp chopped garlic

  • 1 cup shredded jicama

  • 1 cup shredded carrot

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce

  • 1 tbsp vegetarian oyster sauce

  • 20 g (1 cup) dried black fungus, hydrated and sliced

  • mung bean vermicelli, hydrated and finely diced

  • 1/2 tsp white pepper (or to taste)

  • 1 tsp caster sugar


  • For the filling, sauter all the ingredients till vegetables are tender. Leave to cool.
  • 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 filling. Shape bao and steam for 15 mins and turn off heat. Leave covered for another 5 minutes before removing.

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