steamed black bean paste bun

Fugu (河豚 or フグ?, literally “river pig”) is one of our favourite makans when we are in japan.. especially when they have been nicely barbequed… serve it with an ice cold beer…..  (o⌒.⌒o)

this steam bun is very “elastic”….. it’s very easy to handle and knead to desired shape… plus, it is really soft!!!

Ingredients (makes 30 buns)
Dough 600g pau flour
6g yeast
5g baking powder
19g shortening
113g sugar
113 coconut milk
113g water

600g red bean paste

chocolate food colouring
lemon yellow food colouring
sesame seeds (for eyes)


steamed black bean paste buns

– mix all dough ingredients together and knead till you get a soft dough. set aside for 15 mins
– divide filling into 30 portions, or 20g each
– divide dough into 30 portions, i.e. 19g each
– colour remaining dough with lemon yellow food colouring
– wrap red bean paste into dough and stick yellow dough to form nose, and eyes onto fish. fix sesame seeds onto eyes as well
– pinch fins and fish tail
– dot chocolate food colouring onto fish body using toothpick
– steam buns for 15mins in steamer with boiling water

Personal notes:

steamed black bean paste bun– i used the back of the toothpick (i.e. not the sharp end) to dot the chocolate dots onto the puffer fish. after steaming the dots turned out quite large
– so you may want to dot using the sharp end of the tooth pick
– after the water boiled, my buns were steamed for 8 mins. after switching off the heat, i continued to let the buns sit in the steamer for 2 mins before removing the lid
– i used black bean paste instead of red bean paste

steamed black bean paste bunsi really love these buns… the texture is sooo soooo fluffy…. i think this is my new found recipe for baos! ♥~(‘▽^人)

steamed black bean paste bunsいただきます

steamed black bean paste bun… of course the traditionally shaped ones for his bento….

Pollution index: 298 (very unhealthy….ewwww)


(10) Comments

  • Chris (November 13, 2013)

    You are very good with hand work – these are so lovely and cute.

  • Qi Qi in the house (November 13, 2013)


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  • Mel (November 13, 2013)

    At a glance the pufferfish look like real!! I am sure children will be so thrilled to receive this pufferfish from Aunty Victoria. You are real good in creating something special out from your magical hand! Wish I can learn from you. Will bookmark this recipe but of course I cant do this cute pufferfish leh… this recipe seem special using coconut milk. Must be yummy.

  • kitchen flavours (November 13, 2013)

    Hi Victoria,
    Very cute puffer fish paos! Used to have these little fishes in our in-house mini aquarium, then they got sucked up in the filter! 🙁
    Thanks for sharing another of your really cute, wonderful creation!

  • May Law (November 14, 2013)

    好可爱的河豚, 我。。想抓一只回去叻!

  • Xiao (November 15, 2013)


  • Doreen (November 18, 2013)

    Anymore left?
    I want a fish to bring home .. Lols

  • Sonia (November 19, 2013)

    Your family is lucky to have you, all your bakes and cooking look so nicely presented and look cute, I bet they must be enjoy every bite !

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