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Monday, June 17, 2013

Chicken and Onions Bao (steamed buns) 洋葱鸡肉包

I have been wanting to make a bao ( filled steamed buns) that has the taste from my childhood memory. When I was a kid, I like to buy big bao from a coffee shop that they have very nice chicken and hard-boiled eggs as the filling. Especially they added a lot of onion, very sweet and yummy.

From the recent many food safety cases, we understand that many manufacturers are adding many kind of unhealthy substances to make our foods taste better, more QQ (elastic texture), springy, fluffy, or look white and nice! I started to ask myself do I need to add all these substances or many kind of white powder to make my homemade foods taste nicer? If I like them, then better I buy from them rather do it myself.

So this time, I try to remove away few ingredients from the previous bao dough recipe, just basic ingredients flour, oil, water and yeast,  to my surprised the bao still turn out good ! No doubt it look yellowish not white, but we feel these bao were so homey and original !
My family gave thumbs up to this chicken and onion bao, my son keep saying the chicken filling is yummy and my daughter asked me to open a shop selling bao, ^_^..

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We feel that the onions still not enough! still can add little more..and the chicken still tasted moist after steamed..also don't forgot to add hard-boiled egg too !!


the bao dough also easy to handle
That one I tasted was big size bao, but I made into small size so I have hard time to wrap because uneven shape of chicken pieces..If make into big size, then it will be easy to wrap or using debone chicken (I prefer with bone, retain moisture)!


 A pair of old chopsticks (about 50 years old) given by the crockery shop owner that I often buy things from them..
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Chicken and Onions Bao (steamed buns) 鸡肉包
(recipe source: by Sonia aka Nasi Lemak Lover)
*makes 16

For chicken and onions filling
IMG_6464 copy 750g chicken thigh (bite size pieces)
1 spring onion, sliced
2 onions (large), wedged

2tbsp light soy sauce
1tsp salt or to taste
1tsp sugar or to taste
sesame oil
dark caramel sauce, for darker colouring
Water, add when it is necessary


  1. Heat oil in a wok, sauté spring onion till aroma.
  2. Add in chicken pieces and onion, stir to till mix well.
  3. Add in seasonings, continue to cook till chicken tendered over medium heat, add water when it is necessary ( I did not add water at all).
  4. Dish out and set aside to cool

6 hard-boiled eggs, wedged

For the bao dough

500g cake flour
1/2tsp salt
2tsp instant yeast
80g caster sugar
220g water
40g corn oil

 1. Mix all ingredients in a mixing bowl, mix well and knead till smooth and no sticky to hands.
 2. Cover with damp cloth and proof to double in size (30-60mins).
 3. Knock down dough to expel some air, transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead for a while.
 4. Weigh out 55g of the dough and roughly shape into a ball, rest for 15mins.
 5. Flatten and roll out the dough into a circle with a rolling pin. Spoon in filling (1-2pcs chicken and onions, and 1pc of wedged hard-boiled egg) onto the center and pleat up the sides and seal.
 6. Place the bau onto a piece of greaseproof paper, on the rack for steaming. Cover with a piece of damp cloth and let rise for another 10-15 mins.
 7. Steam the bau under rapidly boiling water on high heat for about 10 to 12 mins.
 8. Remove from steamer and serve hot.
 9. Store in the fridge for left over bao, steam again before serve.


ann low said...

Nice yummy bao! Homemade definitely is the best. :)

鲸鱼蓝蓝蓝 said...


Small Kucing said...

your post inspired me wanna make pau again...so far most of my attempts not that good.

Small Kucing said...

your post inspired me wanna make pau again...so far most of my attempts not that good.

mayck-law. Blogspot.com said...


sabrina 莎莎 said...

老莎很喜欢生肉包~~ 谢谢您的好分享^^

Li Shuan said...


Sona - quick picks/pick quicks said...

luks just yummm..Sonia ! do drop by my blogs too when you get the time :)

Somewhere in Singapore said...

Yum yum...

PH said...

Sonia, I tak boleh tahan oredi. I also want to make bao. Never done before so good luck to me :)

Jozelyn Ng said...

Your bao still looks small, i fail to make bao but i would give it a try after i look at your delicious onion chicken bao.

Cat Chee said...


ice pandora said...

I've made 'man tao' buns lately :D
I've used regular plain flour for
the dough, so I'm quite surprised
to read you've used cake flour for
it. I might try that out and see
what texture it gives me! Xx

Tracy Low said...


Min said...

Nice bao! I love this kind of steamed bao too, hope can try this as soon as possible.

Cass @ 揾到食 said...

aiya, i saw the chopsticks ;)
Now very hard to find this type of chopsticks liao, hehe..

Esther Lau said...

Wow. I like bao with half boiled egg and chicken too!!!! Yummy!

Fern @ To Food With Love said...

Looks good! Even with normal flour, it still looks quite white, not yellowish...

Jane Chew said...

Oh Dear! I miss so many yummy food here :)
Has been stop blogging for some times. Must kut lak a bit now.

Little blue said...

Reserve one yummy bao for my breakfast~

Awayofmind Bakery Hoiuse said...

Sonia, indeed, it is not necessary to add any chemicals in homemade bao. I have not try making bao using cake flour, yours turned out very good! it does look white instead of yellowish. I am curious on what bao's texture cake flour can bring out too. Thanks!

Little Corner of Mine said...

Yummy! And your bao turned out looking so white.

Unknown said...

Sonia, your pao look so yummy. i agree with you, what we eat now already been adding with so much unhealthy substances, so when we make ours we just want to cur cut cut all this things and hope we can have a more healthy food for our family.

Sissi said...

Buns are always my number one among the Chinese dim sum (I am sometimes tempted to take only the transparent dumplings and steamed buns). I have always assumed they were very difficult to prepare, but you make it sound so easy... I love the chicken and onion stuffing idea.

Mel said...

I just wake up and still in bed thought of going browsing and oh....looking at your pau just makes me go so hungry liao. Here I go hungry all the time because of cold weather

irene myme said...

hahaha...I been searching high & low for this chopstick but only managed to get the other 冒牌version de.
Your pao looks so yummy, will try to make some asap.

Rice Bowl Tales 有碗話碗 said...

such a simple yet delicious and healthy recipe!! Thank you for sharing this ~

Ana Regalado said...

Sonia , I've been wanting to make some baos for quiet sometime as well :P :D Yours look terrific ! Beautifully-made and I bet it tastes scrumptious ! Yeah , you need to open a shop and sell baos so as macarons lol

Elaine said...

Good morning,
Thanks again for sharing such wonderful paus. I agree with you, there are too many chemicals in those outside food! homecooked the best!

kimmy said...

Hi Sonia, I have been making baos basically because of the reasons you mentioned. Slowly, you would prefer home-made baos instead of store-bought esp. with home-cooked bao fillings. They are always unique.

Joanne T Ferguson said...

G'day! I have ALWAYS wanted to make my own steam buns, TRUE!
Not with your recipe and photo, I'll put this on my list to do!
Cheers! Joanne

CQUEK said...

that is delicious, steam bun hot and fresh.

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

Oh yumyum love steambuns.

Angie's Recipes said...

Love onion chicken filling! The steamed buns look perfect, Sonia.

QembarDelites said...

Looks very fluffy and delicious, you pleated your bao so well:)

Nadji said...

Tes baos sont magnifiques et doivent être délicieux. J'en mangerai avec plaisir.
See soon

mui mui said...
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mui mui said...

Your homemade looks great.
Love the hard boiled egg n the chicken inside.
Yours look white to me.. Nice!

Unknown said...

No baking powder/ double action baking powder needed? Thanks

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