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Friday, March 09, 2007

Thai Lao Steam Bun

Today marks the one year anniversary of Thai & Lao Food blogging. With full time employment and part-time blogging, I am exhausted!

Here is the traditional Thai Lao Steam bun recipe filled with pork, egg, mushrooms, and sweet sausages. I make steam buns on weekends; then I freeze the buns in containers. I would thaw in the fridge overnight and warm in the microwave for 20 seconds. This makes a quick breakfast on the go and I take them to work as a delicious alternative to sandwiches.

Appetizer Recipe: Thai Lao Steam Bun
1 package of steam bun mix. Look for steam bun picture to make sure you have the right package
½ cup sugar
1 cup fresh soy milk
1 tablespoon oil
12 quail eggs or 3 chicken eggs
2 Asian sweet sausages
1 cup ground pork
2 dried shiitake mushrooms soaked in hot water for 20 minutes
2 shallots minced
1 clove garlic minced
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons oyster sauce or hoisin sauce
12 wax paper cut into 2 inches square
2 tablespoons white vinegar

There should be directions on the package of the steam bun. However here are the basic steps:

1. For the Dough - mix the package with fresh soy milk, sugar and oil. Knead dough for 5 minutes. Leave dough aside for 20 minutes. Knead again for 2 minutes and divide dough into 12 equal balls.

2. For Pork Filling - boil quail eggs for 15 minutes or chicken eggs for 20 minutes. Cut large eggs in quarters. Cut sweet sausages into 12 pieces or into very small pieces. For pork filling, add chopped garlic, shallots and mushrooms, salt, pepper, and oyster sauce.

3. Putting it together - Sprinkle flour onto hard surface and roll dough out into a large circle slightly larger than palm of hand. Add eggs, sausages and 1 tablespoon of pork filling. Gather opposite edges and meet in the middle. Pinch dough to seal out any small air holes. Place wax paper under base of steam bun. Place six buns in each stainless steel steaming layer.

4. Add water into steaming pot so it levels 2 inches. Add vinegar and bring water to boil. Add steaming layers with bun over the steaming pot. Steam bun 10 minutes. Lift lid of steamer to remove condensation. Steam another 10 minutes.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just came across your website while I was browsing for Lao/Thai food. What a GREAT blog you have! I am mainly Lao (part Thai) and have grown up in America for most of my life. I grew up eating this wonderful food but never learned how to make it. Your website has helped me a lot! My cooking is not as good as mom's though.

I just made these steam buns last night and they were delicious!!! I forgot how much I loved them. I was wondering if you are going to put a recipe of for "keng na mai"/bamboo shoot soup in ya nang leaves.

Keep up the great work. This is a wonderful site for young Lao/Thai people to learn how to cook in the traditional way.


1:02 PM  
Blogger Manivan Larprom said...

Very delicious looking recipes! I am not familiar with some of yours because my cuisine is from Thai Isan or north-eastern Thailand.

With your posted comment, you have automatically placed a link to your site. Keep up the good work! I can't wait to see more recipes as you post them.

8:15 AM  
Blogger Manivan Larprom said...

The bamboo soup with ya nang leaves is posted.

8:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I proud to be LAO and nothing else, it just seems that many people forget who we really are. Ova is the best and he works with refugee nation. Yes, most of the older generation Lao people are refugees and it is interesting that most of the Lao people say they are Thai when majority of the Isan came from LAO. I recall going to Thai town and Thai restaurants all over the country and asked for if the Thai people where Lao or if they knew any one that was. The answer was they live in another district or they themselves are speaking LAO. I love what you have done and please keep it up. I also hope that really Lao-American feels more in touch with their heritage, as you and I have. What the CIA did when they used incident people and a neutral country for a a war zone we should be proud not ashamed. Manivan thanks again.

1:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Buns are something that I haven't tried much. Since my kids like it so so. This recipe is little different and will try out for my cousin.

6:55 AM  

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