Homemade pau (dumplings)

I have this packet of pau (steam wheat flour dumpling) powder which I bought from Cooking Island   and decide to experiment making pau today.  I wasn’t sure how well the pau will turn out so I dare not make elaborate fillings for it.  Hehehe, more like I am too lazy to cook any charsiew or vegetable fillings.  So, I bought the pandan paste as fillings.  Most baking specialist shops have the pre-made fillings like red beans, lin yong (lotus paste), green tea  and pandan fillings.

I blended a few pandan leaves to get the green juice which makes my pau very fragant.  The packet of powder came with yeast, shortening, flour, double action baking powder and something else (I am not sure what white paste that is).  All I need is to add the specified amount of water and follow the instructions to make the dough.  I used my bread maker for that.  So, sorry, no recipe because everything is pre-mix, pre-made.

The two green balls in front are the pre-made pandan fillings which I believe is made from green beans.

Just wrap the dough around the fillings and place them on grease proof paper.  These are the paus waiting to be steamed.

The pau that just came out from the steamer.  It takes only 10 minutes to cook.  Usually, homemade pau are not as fluffy as those commercial ones because of the flour.  Pau is made from Hongkong flour which is wheat flour that has been highly bleached to make it white.  These homemade variety is a healthier version though the pau will not have the white surface but a little yellowish.  However, the texture is a lot nicer.

The inside of the pau.  The dough texture is good but the filling is a little too sweet because I have put too much of them.  LOL.   I will try to make vegetable paus next time.

If you like handmade paus, there are a few stalls here but you need to hunt for them:  One is in Sungai Ara, another in Balik Pulau and recently, I found the paus sold by the organic shop in Lam Wah Ee hospital very good.  The organic shop freshly steam their paus on the spot.  The dough is made of pandan and the fillings from green beans.

So, there, homemade pau made in two steps.  Buy and eat.  🙂

Post Author: Lilian

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3 thoughts on “Homemade pau (dumplings)


    (August 18, 2006 - 6:02 pm)

    Here I am looking at your pau and drooling and right below that is a Get Slim Ad. Now I’m torn. Hahaha. BTW, even with the pre-mix and pre-mades it still looks like a lot of effort. I think I prefer the two steps Buy & Eat instead!

    Cooking Island

    (August 18, 2006 - 6:26 pm)


    try to add 4 table spoon of pizza font when you knead…. Believe it or not , you will get the new version of pizza hut !! Sell this idea to Pizza Hut group , they might buy this recipe from you and who knows that you will turn into millionaire one day ! ha ha ha

    Erina Law

    (August 18, 2006 - 7:51 pm)

    You can also make ‘mantou’. Don’t have to put in any filling. Can make greentea, coffee, yam, orange, blueberry, chocolate, pandan coconut and other types of mantou too. Just used emulco. Last saturday, i added some chocolate chip into the dough. It’s for some kids. They just love it. That’s kids ………….

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