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.
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.
- 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.
7. Slowly whisk in oil.
8. Add 2 cups of coleslaw mix and combine. Refrigerate.
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.
13. Remove buns and cut in half horizontally.
14. Add pork and coleslaw. Serve and enjoy!