Chinese Cocktail Buns (Gai Mei Bau)

I’m still getting comments on my Hokkaido milk bread post, and I’m really pleased that’s working out for so many bread lovers! I was feeling hungry for some of that bread myself, so fitting that my next baking challenge used the milk bread recipe to make another Chinese bakery classic: Cocktail buns, or coconut buns, […]...

Pineapple Buns (Bolo Bao): A Hong Kong classic

Do you have your standard “test” item when you visit a new restaurant or bakery? Whenever I check out a new bakeshop, I like to try out their croissants – and their tarts. If I love their puff pastry and their tart crust, I’m sure to make a return visit. Chinese bakeries have a different standard repertoire; I usually […]...

Chinese Steamed Buns at the SF Cooking School

Soft, fluffy, cloudlike steamed buns are a cornerstone of Chinese cuisine. They form the pillowy base for all kinds of toppings and fillings both savory and sweet, or they can even be eaten alone. A visit to a Chinese bakery or dim sum house isn’t complete without seeing trays of piping-hot tennis-ball sized buns filled […]...

Rabbit Bunny Buns for Easter

  How’s the weather where you are? It’s positively spring in the Bay Area: sunny skies abound, pollen is everywhere, and everyone I know seems to be going on spring break (maybe to escape the pollen). Our own trip is coming up soon, plus we’ve got to get through Easter first!...

Hokkaido Milk Bread: The Tangzhong Method

  One of my pastry goals for 2015 is to start making more Asian pastries. I grew up poring over the Betty Crocker and Better Homes and Gardens cookbooks on my mom’s shelf, but I also remember the red bean and sesame-filled buns, flaky egg custard tarts, and fluffy breads from the Chinese bakeries and […]...

{Cookbook Review}: 2012 Baking Cookbook Roundup

Thanks to all who entered the minted giveaway! The winner, chosen by random number generator, is:...