Monday, 30 March 2015

Steamed Pork Buns Bento


Steamed buns reminded me of my childhood back in Indonesia. I'm so happy finally I can make it by myself. Here I shared you the recipe :

Steamed Pork Buns 
Adapted from Nombelina's food blog
makes : 16 buns


INGREDIENTS FOR THE DOUGH:
175 gr lukewarm water
7 gr dried yeast (1 sachet)
1 Tbs sugar
2 Tbs flavorless oil 
375 gr baozi flour or all purpose flour (I use all purpose flour)

INGREDIENTS FOR THE FILLING:
400 gr minced pork
1 cup button  mushroom, chopped
1 medium onion, finely chopped
3 green onions, finely chopped
2 Tbs hoisin sauce
2 Tbs soy sauce
2 Tbs oyster sauce
2 Tbs honey
1 tsp Chinese five spice powder
1 Tbs Shaoxing (Chinese rice wine)

METHOD :1. Dissolve the yeast into the lukewarm water. Add the sugar and flavorless oil.
2. Mix the yeast mixture into the flour with a fork, until all the moisture has been incorporated. 
3. Knead for several minutes into a smooth dough. 
4. The dough is ready when it gently springs back after pressing a finger into it. 
5. Shape into a ball and leave it to proof for an hour in a covered bowl. 
6. For the filling, pan fry the minced chicken loose in a bit of oil, making sure you break the meat into small pieces. 
7. Add the onion, garlic, chopped mushroom and green onion along with the chicken and cook until tender. 
8. Add the rest of the ingredients and allow most of the moisture to evaporate. 
9. Turn off the heat and let the filling cool.
10. Cut parchment paper into 2.5 inch squares for the base. 
11. Knead the dough briefly to knock back the air. 
12. Divide into 16 equal parts and shape into balls.
13. Roll these into thin discs. 
14. Place 1 to 2 tablespoons of filling in the center of the dough, keeping about an inch free from the edge. The filling can be slightly heaped.
15.You can bring the edges together and bunch them up. 
16. Place the buns on a piece of parchment and let them rest for about 20 minutes.
17. Steam the buns for 20 minutes in a bamboo steamer.
18. Keep enough room between the bun, because they do expand and tend to stick.
19. Let them cool slightly and serve on their own or with a bit of chili sauce.

notes : the buns can be frozen when completely cooled and can be reheated in a steamer or microwave.


For my eldest son, I prepared :
1. Steamed pork bun
2. Sandwich rolls (recipe here)
3. Corn on the cob
4. Lettuce and carrot sticks
5. Apple cuts for recess


For my youngest son, I prepared :
1. Steamed pork bun
2. Sandwich rolls (recipe here)
3. Corn on the cob
4. Lettuce and carrot sticks

5. Strawberry yogurt for recess


Thursday, 26 March 2015

Phineas Croissants Bento


For me, these croissants look like phineas from Phineas and Ferb, Disney characters. I just filled up the croissants with ham and cheese, then cut them into two. I put these eyes food picks (affiliate-link below) to make them "alive". Very simple yet cute indeed!






Details for each box :
1. "Phineas" ham & cheese croissant
2. Pizza flavoured Turtle Bun
3. Corn on the cob
4. Pork dumpling
5. Carrot sticks
6. Banana for recess



My kids love the written banana. Just score the banana peel with sharp knife, and it will turn brownish in few minutes. 

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Pizza Flavoured Turtle Buns Bento


I saw this idea of cute turtle shaped breads in the Pinterest. Because the kids love the pizza flavoured buns so much, so I used that recipe to create these turtles. (notes : for the turtle shell, I used green food colouring). You may find step by step assembling the turtle in here.



For my youngest son, I prepared :
1. Pizza flavoured turtle bun
2. Corn on the cob
3. Prawn tofu nuggets (recipe here) and tomato ketchup
4. Carrot sticks
5. Yogurt pouch for recess



For my eldest son, I prepared :
1. Pizza flavoured turtle bun
2. Corn on the cob
3. Prawn tofu nuggets and sweet chili sauce
4. Carrot sticks
5. Segmented orange for recess