Fun in a bun!

Theme: Black And White
This weeks challenge was a tricky one. Many days and hours of brainstorming and Pinterest searching happened. The theme of Black And White can lead to a couple interruptions such as literal color, the name or food served at a black and white party. I chose to go with the literal color which was trickier than you might think. My goal is always to make something that wouldn’t be the general consensus.

I decided to make Steam Buns With Hoisin Pork, but shape them to look like panda heads. I do enjoy all things panda and clearly my mom did too when my brother and I were younger.

Fun, right?! I think I had the hardest time with if I wanted panda heads filled with pork or the panda heads to look like they were eating the pork (kind of like a sandwich. I decided on the sandwich version so I could dress it up with some Asian Slaw!

Dont laugh… My pandas look more like the creepy character from Nightmare Before Christmas. I usually fail when some kind of artist vision is needed. It always looks perfect in my head, but then when I try and execute it, not so much.

That being said, they were delicious though! And personally I would rather them be yummy than pretty.


Steam Buns:

  • 1 tbsp active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1⁄4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1⁄4 cup warm water, plus 1/2 cup
  • 1 1⁄2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1⁄4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1⁄2 tsp baking powder


  •  1 pound bacon, thick cut uncooked, 2 inch pieces
  •  1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
  •  1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  •  1/2 tablespoon honey
  •  pinch salt
  •  1/4 teaspoon Chinese five spice
  •  1/2 red onion, diced


  • 2 teaspoons ginger, grated
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chives
  • 1 green onion stalk, sliced vertically to make thin strings
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil



1. Add yeast, 1 teaspoon sugar, 1/4 cup flour, and 1/4 cup warm water in a stand mixer. Let stand for 30 minutes.

2. Add 1/2 cup warm water, 1 1/2 cups flour, salt, 2 tablespoons sugar, baking powder and vegetable oil. Knead with dough hook for 7 minutes.

3. Add dough into a greased bowl and let rise for 3 hours.

4. In a mixing bowl add hoisin sauce, oyster sauce, honey, salt, Chinese five spice and red onion. Whisk together.

5. Add bacon and combine. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3 hours.

6. In a mixing bowl add ginger, garlic, sugar, rice vinegar, chives, green onion and soy sauce. Whisk together.

7. Slowly whisk in oil.

8. Add 2 cups of coleslaw mix and combine. Refrigerate.

9. Punch down dough and spread out on a floured surface.

10. Divide into 8 pieces. Shape each into a ball with the smooth surface up place on wax paper into a bamboo steamer. Cover and let stand for 30 minutes.

11. Bring water to a boil in a wok and place the bamboo steamer inside. Cover and steam for 15 minutes.

12. In a pan cook pork mixture until bacon is cooked through.

13. Remove buns and cut in half horizontally.

14. Add pork and coleslaw. Serve and enjoy!


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