Chinese Steamed Buns with Black Bean Beef.

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Chinese Steamed Buns with Black Bean Beef.
Recipe type: Beef / Chinese Steamed Buns
Cuisine: Chinese
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Serves: 4-8
Finely chopped rump steak, stir-fried with peppers and black bean sauce makes an aromatic and flavorful filling for the delicious Chinese steamed buns. The recipe is quick and easy and makes a fantastic entre', snack or addition to a Dim Sum feast.
For the Dough / Pastry
  • 300g All purpose flour
  • 1 Tbs Baking powder
  • 110g Caster sugar
  • 125ml Milk
  • 80ml Water
  • 60ml Oil
For the Filling
  • 250g Rump steak, finely chopped
  • ¼ Red pepper, finely diced
  • ¼ Yellow pepper, finely diced
  • 15ml Fermented black beans
  • 15ml Light soy sauce
  • 15ml Rice wine (or dry sherry)
  • 5ml Brown sugar
  • 5ml Roasted sesame oil
  • 10ml Cornflour or tapioca flour
  1. Starting with the pastry, place the flour, baking powder and caster sugar in a mixing bowl. In a jug, combine the milk water and oil, then pour this into the flour. Mix this all to a soft dough.
  2. Turn the dough out onto a well floured work surface and start to knead. The dough will be soft and sticky and you will sprinkle flour onto the dough continuously while kneading to make it manageable.
  3. Knead the dough for 2 minutes, then dust it with flour, wrap it in cling wrap and refrigerate for 60 minutes.
  4. While the dough matures, finely chop the rump steak. In a jug, combine the soy sauce, rice wine, sugar, sesame oil and cornflour. Pour this into the beef and massage the marinade into the meat, then put this aside.
  5. Finely dice the peppers, and chop the spring onions into fine rounds.
  6. Rinse and dry the fermented black beans, then chop them until fine.
  7. Heat your wok over medium high heat and stir-fry the beef in 2 batches, for 60 seconds per batch.
  8. If necessary, add extra oil to the wok, then stir-fry the peppers and spring onions for 60 seconds. Add the black beans and stir-fry for a further 60 seconds.
  9. Return the beef to the wok and stir-fry for a further 60 seconds.
  10. Remove this from the heat and transfer it to a mixing bowl. Quick chill the beef by floating the bowl in a sink of cold water.
  11. Remove the dough from the refrigerator, unwrap it and roll it into a sausage. Divide the sausage into 4 pieces.
  12. Roll each of these into a sausage and divide these into 4 pieces.
  13. Working with one piece, roll this into a ball, flatten the ball into a disk.
  14. Place a tablespoon of the filling in the center of the disk, stretch the edges of the disk upwards and over the filling. Give it twist to seal.
  15. Repeat this until all of the buns are completed.
  16. Cut 16 squares of baking paper and start packing the buns into your steamer. You will need to use both tiers of your steamer, or cook 2 batches.
  17. Hal fill your wok with water and bring this to a rapid boil. Place the steamer on the wok and steam the buns for 20 minutes.
  18. Remove the steamer from the heat, transfer the buns to platters and serve with the dipping sauces of your choice.


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