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Vegan Banh Bao – Steamed Dumplings filled with Mushrooms

Banh Bao

Welcome to the first recipe post in 2020!


I hope you had a nice beginning of this exciting year. These dumplings are called Banh Bao and I ate it for the first time on a Southeast Asia trip a few years ago. (Click here to read about this adventure!) I loved them! It was so cool that they were vegan. The non vegan version was mostly filled with pork but who wants to eat that? I prefer mushrooms!

Back in Germany the thought about these dumplings never left me. I knew one day I want to make them myself.

Banh Bao

The day came! A week ago I had the time and the motivation trying to cook them and they were bomb! Although I melted my plastic steaming thingy since the water was already gone, it was a lot of fun! So make sure there is always enough water in your pot!

Banh Bao

Vegan Banh Bao - Steamed Dumplings filled with Mushrooms

The easiest recipe for these delicious treats!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 56 mins
Course Savory
Cuisine Asian
Servings 12 Banh Bao

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tbsp yeast
  • 175 ml lukewarm water
  • 235 g spelled flour type 630
  • 110 g corn starch
  • 1.5 tbsp raw cane sugar
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1.5 tbsp baking powder
  • 60 g sunflower oil
  • 10 mushrooms
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 50 g celeriac
  • 1 leaf of white cabbage
  • 3 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 4 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika powder
  • 0.5 tsp pepper
  • 1 pinch of chilli flakes

Instructions
 

  • Put yeast, sugar and water together in a bowl and stir the mixture briefly.
  • Two minutes later add all remaining ingredients of the dough. At a warm place let it rise for at least a hour.
  • Cut the onion, garlic, celeriac and white cabbage into small pieces while the dough is resting.
  • First fry the onion briefly with a few drops of oil. Then add the celeriac. After 1-2 minutes add the garlic and the cabbage.
  • Before it starts to scorch mix 3 tablespoons of water and 3 tablespoons of rice vinegar and remove the mixture. Close the pan with a lid and let it simmer for 4 minutes.
  • Prepare a mix of soy sauce, maple syrup, smoked paprika powder, and pepper in the meantime. As soon as it’s ready add it to the pan.
  • Then add the mushrooms with a pinch of salt and close the lid again. After another 2 minutes, the mushrooms should have lost some water. Then fry the mix again at a slightly higher level for 4 minutes and then set the pan aside to cool.
  • When the timer rings, roll out the dough into an elongated shape on a floured surface. It should become approx. 20 cm long. It should be easy doable with your hands. If the dough sticks, put some flour on your hand.
  • Cut the dough into about 12 equal pieces. Take one of the pieces with a floured hand and shape it into a ball. Then press the ball with your palm on the floured work surface to a disc. The disc should become thinner at the outside.
  • Now put a well-filled tablespoon full of the cooled mushroom mass on the disc.
  • Start to lift the dough upwards to enclose the dumpling. Simply twist the individual strands together at the top.
  • Place the dumplings on a suitable piece of parchment paper and steam them for 12 minutes in a pot with a steaming insert or a bamboo steamer. Make sure there is always enough water in the pot. However, the water should not touch the steam insert.
  • It is best to serve the dumplings fresh with a little soy, sweet and sour or peanut sauce to dip.

If you tried the recipe comment below how you liked it!

See you soon!

Ken

Asia Blog Travel

Third Stop Vietnam

Hej there!

Life in Germany is busy, the weather is getting better and better and we’re so happy to finally welcome spring. I hope ya’ll liked the pink berry muffins of Ken’s last post – this week will be about our Southeast Asia trip again! 🙂
As you might know already, our third and last stop in Southeast Asia was the wonderful country VIETNAM!

(With our rented scooter in front of “The Fish”)

For everybody who’s interested, I’m gonna share some of our experiences we had in Vietnam and insert some of Ken’s beautiful pictures. After we had been to Thailand and Cambodia already, we knew we had to make it to Vietnam, since our flight back home would leave from Hoh Chi Minh/Saigon in the relative South of Vietnam.

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