IMG_6236after i steamed these, my maid and i couldn’t help but burst into laughter.. because i have successfully painted my father’s face onto the hee pan… my dad has had the (mis)fortune of balding (is there a more diplomatic way of phrasing this?) since he was 20.. so he had always been misunderstooded for being much older than his age… but now that years have passed, everyone who see him says he never seem to age… is that a good thing? (ノ>▽<。)ノ I love this hee pan… it really is so chewy and soft i couldn’t help but ate one myself… ( c//”-}{-*x)

Recipe adapted from Bakericious

Ingredients (makes 20 buns) IMG_6238250g plain flour, sifted
250g glutinous rice flour, sifted
150g castor sugar
6g instant yeast
270g pumpkin
235ml water
30g canola oil
Banana leaves or parchment paper or cupcake case

Directions IMG_6240– Dissolve the instant yeast in the water, mix well

– Remove the pumpkin skin, cut pumpkin into small pieces, steamed for 10 mins until soft, mash with fork. Let it cool and set aside

– Wash and clean the banana leaves, steam to soften and cut into square

– Mix plain flour, glutinous rice flour, sugar, pumpkin puree, yeast water and knead till dough is smooth

– Add in oil bit by bit, mix well with the dough. If dough is too sticky, use the plastic spatula to scrape

– Divide dough into 50g portions (do not need to proof), brush some oil on palm and roll into balls

– Place the ball onto the greased banana leaves or parchment paper and flatten it using palm

– Let the shaped hee pan proof for 25-30 mins

– Use finger to press the hee pan, fermented hee pan will be spongy, once ready can start to boil water in the steamer

– Once water is boiled, steam the hee pan for 12 mins at medium low heat. Turn off the fire immediately. 11. Do not remove the hee pan from the steamer

– Open the steamer lid a bit for 5 mins, then remove the lid carefully not to let water drip on the hee pan

– Remove the hee pan and cool on the rack

Personal notes:

– i halved the recipe, and used 100ml water, coconut oil and canned pumpkin puree for the recipe. with this combination, i thought the sweetness was just nice. REMEMBER TO COVER THE LID WITH A CLOTH when steaming buns

– i made ten 56g hee pan and used remaining dough to make ears for the faces. follow diagrams below to paint buns. first, mix a scant teaspoon of black cocoa powder with an egg yolk and mix well (ensure there are no lumps). my room temperature was around 20 degrees C, so i started painting the buns one hour after proofing the buns

picshow20140211_103506this is how your proofed hee pan should look like

picshow20140211_104446take a medium brush and paint hair next to the ears

picshow20140211_104546using a fine brush, define the ears and paint the eyebrow

picshow20140211_103902paint the outline of the eyes….

picshow20140211_104012… followed by the glasses

picshow20140211_104058using the same fine brush, paint the pupil in the eyes and draw the nose

picshow20140211_104156draw fine lines below the nose to resemble moustache and the mouth

picshow20140211_104234finally, give it a hair or two on the forehead and you are ready to steam the buns (๑°꒵°๑)・*♡

IMG_6237now i’m addicted to hee pan… you’re gonna see me trying out more flavours ♡(˃͈ દ ˂͈ ༶ )

Pollution index: 396 (hazardous)


(31) Comments

  • Fion@轩宏妈 (March 26, 2014)


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  • Jennifer Lee (March 26, 2014)

    Your hee-pan looks sooo cute!! I\’m really into hee-pan lately too! Reserved a little purple sweet potato puree so I can make some purple color ones later. I should try and make some drawings on it like yours. You can really draw well.

    • Victoria Bakes (March 26, 2014)

      hahahaha thanks Jennifer… please try drawing… this recipe is very very easy to handle and draw and i was so glad the ears didn\’t even come apart after steaming.. maybe you can draw a 科学怪人? 哈哈哈

  • Baby Sumo (March 26, 2014)

    Hi Victoria, are u a professional baker or artist? You are so talented. I really love looking at all your bakes. They\’re always so cute and pretty!

    • Victoria Bakes (March 26, 2014)

      heehee… thanks lah… i just enjoy having fun with my food… also my hubby always put me up to the challenge

  • Mel (March 26, 2014)

    I believe most of your followers everyday looking forward to see what you are going to \”draw\” on your cakes or kueh. This hee pan for otosan…what about okasan?

    • Victoria Bakes (March 26, 2014)

      完蛋了啦。。.now you say this…. you are right.. i must be fair…. 55555… how? how?

  • May Law (March 26, 2014)

    这画上的老爷, 不知可是你家的老爷呢, 哈哈哈!

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    • Victoria Bakes (March 26, 2014)

      Halo 啊 terry, 谢谢你的赞赏哦。。。我就爱玩啦。。。Martin yan 说又好看,又好吃。乃便是又好玩,又好吃

  • Zoe (March 27, 2014)

    Hi Victoria,

    Does your father see and eat these hee pan? Did he like it? If he really look like it, he must be a cute looking man 😀

    I have not try steaming hee pan before. Seem not difficult to do it 😀


    • Victoria Bakes (March 27, 2014)

      Heh heh, Zoe, guess what? He didn\’t eat it! Hahahahahahahahahahah! But yes, this is so simple to make and really, it is good and chewy

  • fromthekitchenofeloise (March 27, 2014)

    This is way too cute and the pumpkin flavor sounds so good! Two thumbs up! ^^

    • Victoria Bakes (March 27, 2014)

      Thanks cousin…. Maybe I should try drawing pretty AB… But she\’s too cute and I\’m worries I will do unjust to her

      • fromthekitchenofeloise (March 28, 2014)

        Yes, please cuz! Draw A and B! Love your drawing of uncle! So hilarious yet there is such a striking resemblance of him haha! You are right that he doesn\’t looked like he has aged a single bit, maybe being bald helps haha! You continue to amaze me every day with your post by your incredible patience, creativity, talent and passion! 🙂

  • Jessie Ng (March 27, 2014)

    Hello Uncle Hee Pan, now I don\’t have to look at the photos of your father.

  • Adeline (March 27, 2014)

    Wow, these are really cute! Such an honour to have his own hee pan! I am trying to imagine the entire family having their own, the idea of it is so heartwarming but i don\’t have the talent to draw like you 🙂

    • Victoria Bakes (March 27, 2014)

      Ah that\’s a good idea Adeline! Thanks! But u should try drawing. U will be surprised u are better than u expect… I failed arts in school btw;)

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