Straight from the MasterChef’s kitchen! These moist, flavourful buns are traditionally steamed, but MasterChef Canada winner Eric Chong decided to bake them to show off his pastry-making prowess.
Brushed with a mixture of egg and water, they turn a golden colour as they bake. (Just make sure to keep an eye on the time – Chong was flustered after one batch nearly burned during our interview.)
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 packages active dry yeast
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
1 cup butter (unsalted)
For egg wash: 2 egg yolks and 2 teaspoons water
2 cups ketchup
1 cup bean sauce
1 cup hoisin sauce
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1/4 cup sugar
Salt (to taste)
Black pepper (to taste)
Chinese five spice (optional)
4 garlic cloves (grated)
2 litres chicken stock (enough liquid to cover pork shoulder in pressure cooker)
2.5 pounds pork shoulder
Oil (for searing)
In large bowl, combine sugar, salt, yeast and 1 1/2 cups flour. In small saucepan over medium heat, heat milk and butter until very warm.
With mixer at low speed, gradually beat liquid into dry ingredients until just blended. At medium speed, beat two minutes, occasionally scraping bowl.
Beat in eggs, 1 1/2 cups flour to make thick batter; beat two minutes more. Stir in 1 1/2 cups flour with a wooden spoon, to make soft dough. Beat dough five minutes more with a dough hook.
Place dough in greased large bowl. Cover; let rise until doubled, about 1 hour. Stir down dough; cover tightly with foil or plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight.
While dough is proofing overnight, make the filling.
In a bowl: combine filling ingredients (excluding pork and chicken broth) and mix.
Season pork shoulder
with salt and pepper and sear on all sides in pressure cooker.
Add chicken broth and 3/4 of the marinade to pressure cooker.
Pressure cook for one hour or until pork is tender.
Shred the pork with a fork and mix with remaining marinade.
Let pork chill overnight.
About two hours before serving: Punch down dough. Turn onto floured surface; cover with bowl; let rest 15 minutes.
Split the dough into 26 balls. Flatten balls, stretch out by hand and stuff with pork, then seal and form a ball.
Once all balls are formed, put them on a baking sheet and cover with a dry towel; let rise in warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 375 F. In small bowl, combine egg yolks with water. Brush buns with egg mixture.
Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.