Buns of Sweet & Spicy Pork

Great food on the go…
Lunch at school or work…
Food while traveling be it a road trip or plane…

I really do not have a story to go with this recipe… other than these buns are one of my husband’s favorite food on the go, and one of my son’s favorite snack. The dough recipe itself can be used for making sweet dinner rolls, dinner rolls which is comparable to the taste of the dinner rolls served at Texas Roadhouse – a popular steakhouse here in the south. To make the dinner rolls simply follow the direction for making the dough, and instead of stuffing with the sweet n’ spicy pork, simply rise the 16 dough balls for 25 minutes and then bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm with butter.

The Dough and the Buns:

1 packet Yeast (1/4 ounces)

1 TBSP. granulated sugar

1 cup + 3 TBSPs. lukewarm water (about 110°F)

3 cups high protein flour or bread flour

¼ cup granulated sugar

1 TBSP. Baking powder

1tsp. Kosher salt

1/8 cup vegetable oil (extra light olive oil)

1 TBSP. White vinegar

In a large measuring cup, combine water, sugar and yeast. Let stand for 10 to 15 minutes or until mixture is bubbly on top. Using an electric mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Using the paddle attachment, blend the flour mixture until well combined. Add the yeast mixture to the flour and blend on low speed for about 1 minute. In a small bowl, combine oil and vinegar and add them to the flour mixture. Blend until well combined and mixture becomes sticky. Remove the paddle attachment and replace it with the dough hook. (If the dough is too wet… gradually add 1 to 2 tablespoons flour.)

Knead the dough on medium high speed for 5 – 8 minutes or until the dough clings on the dough hook and away from the sides of the bowl.

Lightly flour your board or a clean kitchen counter. Knead the dough, by hand, for another 2 minutes. Form the dough into a smooth ball.

Grease a large bowl with 2 teaspoons vegetable oil, coating the bottom and sides of the bowl. Place the dough in the bowl and let rise until doubled, about 60 minutes.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven at 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or foil and lightly grease them. Set aside.

After the dough has doubled, lightly flour the board or clean kitchen counter. Punch the air bubbles and knead the dough for a few minutes and cut it into 16 portions. (The easiest way to do this is to first divide the dough into four portions, and then further divide each portion into four.) Form each portion into a smooth ball, being careful not to tear the dough. Cover the rest of the dough balls while you flatten and fill each one.

Flatten each dough ball with your hands, and then with a rolling pin until it measures about five inch circle. Fill each circle with about 2 tablespoons of the pork filling and a quarter slice of the hardboiled eggs. Gather the edges of the dough, pinch and twist to seal. Place filled buns, twisted side down in a lightly oiled parchment or foil lined baking sheet.

Cover the buns with waxed paper or kitchen towel. Let buns rise for 25 minutes.

Bake buns in a preheated oven at 350°F for 20 – 25 minutes or until golden brown.

Remove buns from baking sheet unto a wire cooling rack. Serve warm or at room temperature with or without dipping sauce.

Buns can be left at room temperature overnight, and then store in the refrigerator for a few days. If refrigerated, microwave for 10 seconds before serving.

Sweet n’ Spicy Pork Filling:

1¼ pound ground pork

2 TBSPs. Bacon dripping or vegetable oil

1/3 medium onion – minced

2 TBSPs. Ginger – peeled and minced

5 cloves garlic – minced

4 TBSPs. Hoisen sauce

4 TBSPs. Plum sauce

2 TBSPs. Soy sauce

1 TBSP. medium dry sherry or rice wine

1 tsps. Sesame oil

½ – 1 tsp. ground hot pepper

½ tsp. ground black pepper

¼ tsp. monosodium glutamate or msg (optional)

1/8 tsp. five spices or ground anise seeds or fennel seeds

3 stalks green onions – chopped

4 boiled eggs – quartered

Heat bacon drippings in a medium size sauté pan.

Saute onions until translucent. Stir in ginger and garlic. Sauté for about 2 minutes. Add the ground pork. Sauté for a few minutes, while breaking large pieces of meat with the spatula. Simmer over medium low heat for about 10 minutes or until the pork is cooked, stirring once or twice while simmering.

In a small bowl, combine hoisen sauce, plum sauce, soy sauce, medium dry sherry, sesame oil, hot and black peppers, msg and five spices. Add sauce to the pork and stir until pork and sauce are well combined. Simmer pork until sauce is bubbly for five minutes to ten minutes. Stir in the chopped green onions. Remove pan from heat. Pour off excess oil that may accumulate at the bottom of pan. Fill buns as directed above.

Dipping Sauce:

2 cups chicken stock

1 TBSP. ginger – peeled and minced

3 cloves garlic – minced

3 TBSPs. plum sauce

3 TBSPs. hoisen sauce

2 TBSPs. soy sauce

½ tsp. ground hot pepper (optional)

1/8 tsp. ground black pepper

1/8 tsp. five spices or ground anise seeds or fennel seeds

3 TBSPs. Cornstarch mixed with 2 TBSPs. water

In a small sauce pan, combine all ingredients except cornstarch. Bring to a boil over medium heat. While boiling, stir in the cornstarch mixture. Keep stirring until the soup is smooth and slightly thick. Remove pan from the heat. Serve as dipping sauce.

Enjoy and Happy Cooking!


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