Baking, Chinese, First Attempts

Chinese Hot Dog Buns

I know, I know, of all the things to make my first post, I chose Chinese Hot Dog Buns? YES, because I do what I want! And, I also have fond memories of eating these in my dad’s van with my big brother Chris as my mom hustled around Chinatown buying pastries, food, and groceries.

For those of you just getting to know me, Chris passed away 2 years ago today from Thyrotoxic Periodic Paralysis at 31-years-old. He did not like sweets, but as an amateur baker, it’s only proper that I bake something for my big brother on his death day. I remember he tried my first attempt at egg tarts even though he did not have a sweet tooth. Chris would go out of his way to do things for his family and he was always my #1 defender and supporter. His death was devastating and shitty, but that’s not what this post is about. This tribute is to celebrate his life and all the awesome memories I had with him. So this is for you Chris!

Now onto what you’re here for: the fucking bake. (GET TO IT CINDY!)

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Using very very Chinese ingredients that can only be found in Asian markets…
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Make that dough!
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A very terrible attempt to separate the dough equally
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My test batch! I needed more egg wash, but the ridges from the roll aren’t hideous
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Better color and bake, but the roll is lost
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Tada!

Takeaways

  1. Did not trust my instincts
  2. Bad rolling technique
  3. Not enough egg wash

I did not trust my instincts with dough work. I knew it was too gooey when I first started but I kept going with it until I got frustrated with all the dough on my fingers and started making it rain flour. When I finally got the consistency I was satisfied with, I could not roll them very well because I was doing it in mid-air instead of on a surface. Another fun fact about me: I do not have a table to work off of currently because I’m moving and my table would not fit in my new place, so I gave it to my older sister. This has made baking incredibly frustrating, but it’s only temporary! It’s only been almost 3 months… Anyway, I was also very conservative with my egg wash when really I should have gone HAM.

TL;DR

I tried to make Chinese Hot Dog Buns, but they came out looking dumb and ugly.

Link for the Recipe Used

If you actually read through all of that, thank you. If you just came here to look at the bake, I hope I didn’t disappoint. To stay updated with all my bakes, be sure to follow, thank you for visiting! 🙂

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