Sunday, 19 October 2014

Steamed Bun/ Pau Kaya

I love "Pau Kaya", like seriously love it. "Kaya" is actually a jam made from coconut and eggs and naturally flavoured with Pandan leaves. It gives you this creamy, sweet and delightful texture and usually used as a food spread (on a toast for example). When the bun is still hot, the "Kaya" filling inside it looks like molten lava and usually I have this weird craving for it whenever the cold weather is no more tolerated by me. It is a famous appetiser in Malaysia and Singapore, and usually the local people have it as for breakfast or tea-break. Best served while it is hot when it is cold outside.

I made it with a jar of "Kaya" as the filling. You can put any filling according to your preferences, any fruit jams or even chicken curry. This is definitely a tasty winter warmer.

All you need are :

1. 300gm of wheat flour

2. 6gm of baking powder

3. 2g of salt

4. 162gm of warm water

5. 6gm of dry yeast

6. 30gm of granulated sugar

7. 18gm of vegetable oil


1.  Mix all the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder and salt) together. While in another bowl, mix the warm water, yeast and sugar and mix them well until the sugar is completely dissolved.

2. Mix all the ingredients together and add in the vegetable oil.

3. Knead them until you have a smooth and springy dough. Let the dough sits for a while until the dough rises about twice in size (Let the yeast works)

4. To test if the dough is ready, press on the dough using your finger and a dent will form.

5. Then divide the dough into smaller portions (8 portions) then flattened each one of them using fingers or rolling pin.

6. Place the filling in the middle (one teaspoon - too much can cause the buns "explode") of the flattened dough and enclose them nicely (ensure the filling is sealed completely). Place each of the buns on greaseproof paper which is cut into squares.

7. Prepare the steamer and waterbath. Make sure the water is boiling.

8. Place all the buns in the steamer and keep some spaces between them to allow the buns rise perfectly. Steam them for about 15-20 mins on high heat.

9. Enjoy while they are hot.

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