Hey guys, Happy Chinese New Years! I thought it was the year.. of the pig. It's actually the year of the monkey and even my non Chinese boyfriend knew about that to my surprise. I have been seeing these cute pig faced buns floating around the internet pretty often and wanted to do the same. Steamed buns are surprisingly very easy to decorate and give faces to. So if you'd like to see one of your favorite characters created, be sure to comment what you'd like to see, and it can be a future inspiration for one of my next tutorials!

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Chinese Pork Roast
  • 3 lb pork shoulder
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon five spice powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper 
  • 1 tablespoon mirin
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 2 teaspoon tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoon molasses
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon hot water
  1. In a small bowl combine together all the ingredients except for the pork. In a slow cooker add in the pork and the mixed ingredients, and stir them together. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours-6 hours or until the meat falls apart easily. 

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1/3 cup chopped onions
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock 
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 cup diced Chinese Pork Roast
  1. In a small bowl combine together 1 tbsp sugar, oyster sauce, 1 tbsp oil, soy sauce In a small pot on medium heat cook 1 tbsp of oil and onions for one minute. Lower the heat and add in the chicken stock and 2 tbsp of flour, stir with a whisk until thick. Add into the slow cooker and set the temperature to low and cook for additional 10 minutes. Let it cool for 20 minutes before wrapping it in the dough.

Steamed Buns
  • 2 tablespoon yeast
  • 2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cup warm water
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  1. In a large bowl add in the yeast, 2 teaspoon sugar, 1/2 cup all purpose flour, 1 1/2 water water, stir together with a whisk.  Add in 2 tbsp vegetable oil, 1/4 cup of sugar,  1/2 tsp salt, and 3 cups of all purpose flour. Fold together with a spatula, add a little more water if needed to make the dough come together. Remove from the bowl and knead for 6 minutes of place in a mixer with a dough hook attachment and mix for 6 minutes until smooth and elastic. Shape into a ball and cover and let it double in size for 1-3 hours. 


  • Pink or red food dye
  • black food dye


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