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Asian Steamed Buns with Bok Choy
© Kana Okada

Asian Steamed Buns with Bok Choy and Chinese Chives

  • ACTIVE: 1 HR 15 MIN
  • TOTAL TIME: 2 HRS
  • SERVINGS: Makes 16 buns
  • HEALTHY
  • STAFF-FAVORITE
  • VEGETARIAN

The Baker Creek catalog includes lots of seeds for Asian greens, including some that Jere Gettle found on his travels in Thailand. Here, a blend of mild bok choy with spicy mustard greens and oniony Chinese chives fills puffy, savory buns.

Dough

  1. 1/2 cup warm water
  2. 1 tablespoon honey
  3. 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  4. 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 1 cup plain almond milk or soy milk, at room temperature

Filling

  1. 1/2 pound trimmed mustard greens
  2. 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  3. 10 ounces shiitake mushrooms, stems discarded and caps thinly sliced
  4. 6 garlic cloves, minced
  5. 2 large shallots, minced
  6. 1/2 pound baby bok choy, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  7. 1/2 cup chopped Chinese chives
  8. 1/2 cup chopped basil
  9. 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  10. 2 tablespoons sweet chile sauce
  11. Salt and freshly ground pepper
  12. Sriracha sauce, for serving (optional)
  1. In a large bowl, combine the warm water, honey and yeast and let stand until foamy, 10 minutes. In another bowl, whisk the flour with the salt. Stir the almond milk into the yeast mixture, then stir in the flour. Knead the dough gently until smooth but still slightly sticky; transfer to an oiled bowl, cover and let rise until doubled in bulk, 50 minutes.
  2. In a medium saucepan of boiling salted water, cook the mustard greens until just tender, 1 minute. Drain well, let cool and squeeze dry. Coarsely chop the mustard greens.
  3. In a large skillet, heat 3 tablespoons of the olive oil. Add the mushrooms, cover and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and shallots and the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil and cook, stirring, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the bok choy, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the mustard greens, chives, basil, soy sauce and sweet chile sauce and remove from the heat. Season with salt and pepper and let cool.
  4. Cut out sixteen 3 1/2-inch parchment paper squares. Punch down the dough and transfer to a floured work surface. Form it into a rectangle and cut into 16 equal pieces. Using floured hands, roll each piece of dough into a ball. Sprinkle the balls with flour, cover with plastic wrap and let rest for 10 minutes.
  5. Working with 4 pieces of dough at a time, roll the balls out to 4-inch rounds, dusting with flour as needed. Fill each round with about 3 tablespoons of the filling. Bring the edge of the round up and over the filling and pinch the seam closed in pleats. Set the buns seam side down on the parchment squares and transfer to a baking sheet in the refrigerator until all of the buns are filled.
  6. In a deep skillet or wok, bring 1 1/2 inches of water to a boil. Set a bamboo or metal steamer over the water. Arrange 4 buns parchment side down in the steamer. Cover and steam over moderately high heat until the dough is tender and cooked through, about 10 minutes. Steam the remaining buns. Serve plain or with Sriracha.
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