Sometimes it is worth trying to eat something unusual and interesting for dinner. Bao buns with jackfruit are an interesting dish for both dinner and an oriental snack!

The history of bao rolls goes back two thousand years. They come from China but are also popular in other countries. You can eat them sweet, but in my opinion, they are the best in this version!

I decided to check the bao buns recipe from the ladykicthen.pl blog and now I can tell you that it worked perfectly!

Ingredients

  • 500 g of all-purpose wheat flour
  • 50 g of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of dried yeast
  • 150 ml of water
  • 150 ml of milk 3.2%
  • 50 ml cream 36%

Ingredients (vegan version)

  • 300 g of wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of dried yeast
  • 150 ml of water
  • 2 tablespoons of oil

The classic version produces around 12-14 buns, and the vegan version – around 8. In both cases, we start by mixing all the ingredients and kneading them into a dough. When it is ready, put it into a separate bowl and leave it in a warm place for about an hour to let it rise.

The next step is to roll it out to a thickness of 5 to 10 mm and cut circles. Then fold them in half, interleaving with a piece of baking paper. Some people say that it is enough to brush with oil inside and then the dough will not stick together, but the paper is definitely more convenient. We leave it again for 15 minutes. Then put it in a warm steamer (I use bamboo baskets) for several minutes.

Stuffing

Bao buns are a good product because you can put whatever you want inside. As part of our culinary experiments, we decided to use jackfruit, which is often a substitute for meat in vegan cuisine. You can easily buy it in Poland in cans. When buying, make sure that it is green (unripe) and not yellow, which is used e.g. for desserts.

Stew the jackfruit, covered, for about 20 minutes with a little water. We also add BBQ sauce to add flavour. In the end, the jackfruit breaks down into pieces looking like pulled meat (by the way, if you want the meat version, the recipe for pulled pork is waiting for you).

In our case, the jackfruit was added to the bao buns. We added also a bit of marinated carrot (boiled for several minutes in water with vinegar and sugar), marinated cabbage, cashews, ginger diced into small cubes and a bit of sriracha mayo sauce (of course from Kielce mayonnaise;)). Sesame or coriander leaves also go very well with them.

Bao buns are a demanding dish to prepare, but I have been a fan of them for a long time and I will definitely come back to them more than once! 🙂