Making these paus are very easy with the ready mixed and economical as pau flour is quite expensive. The result is just as good as those long processed yeast dough paus.
For the Dough:
1 packet of pau ready mixed
1 cup milk/water
1/2 cup sugar
For the filling:
285g char siew, diced
5 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp coriander leaves, chopped
1 tbsp sesame seeds, toasted
2 tbsp oil
1 tbsp flour
3 tsp light soy sauce
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp monosodium glutamate
2 tsp sesame oil
1/8 tsp pepper
2 tbsp oyster sauce
4 to 5 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp water
- Mix the ingredients for the dough and knead until smooth and elastic. Leave in bowl covered with a damp cloth for 15 minutes.
- Heat oil and fry the garlic, add in the flour and stir until flour is cooked.
- Add the char siew and the seasonings.
- Lastly add in the coriander leaves and sesame seeds and put in refrigerator to cool.
- Divide dough into 24 pieces and roll each piece into a ball.
- Press to flatten and place 1 tsp of filling in the centre. Seal by pleating the edges.(If sealing is not properly done, the pau will open when it is steamed).
- Put pau on a sqare piece of greaseproof paper and leave for 10 minutes in a warm place.
- Steam over rapidly boiling water which has 2 tbsp of vinegar added for 10 minutes.(Do not lift lid whilst steaming)
- Serve hot.
When wrapping the pau, make sure that the flatten dough is as big as possible and that the oil or sauce of filling does not touch the edges of the circle. If the dough feels dry, brush water at the edges before pleating. this will also ensure the sealing will not open. The dough being big, gives it more dough on the top of pau as you pleat and that will certainly give you a SMILING pau.