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Chinese Silver Loaves (dough for outside of dumpling)

1 3/4 cups hot water
3 T. sugar
2 T. vegetable shortening or oil
6 cups all-purpose (plain) flour
2 T. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt

Add sugar and shortening to hot water, stir til sugar is dissolved,
and allow to cool until barely warm.

Sift remaining dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl, and
gradually stir in sugar mixture. Mix well and gradually draw dough
together with your hands. It should be soft, but not sticky.

On a floured board, knead dough about 5-8 minutes, or til smooth
and elastic.
Return to bowl, cover with damp cloth and let rise at least 1 hour.


Roast Pork Filling
makes 24 buns

1 T. sugar
1 1/2 T. soy sauce
1 T. oyster sauce
1/2 cup chicken stock
1 tsp. sesame oil
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
1 drop red food colouring (optional)
1 T. vegetable oil
3/4 lb. diced roast pork (recipe: 3 lbs. pork sirloin cut into 2 inch strips,
marinated in: 2 T. sherry, 2 T. sugar, 1/4 cup soy sauce, 3 T.
hoisin sauce, 1/4 tsp. red food colouring, marinate 4-5 hrs in
fridge, bake 1 hour at 325, brushing with honey three times, let cool
20 min. then dice for dumpling recipe)
1/2 inch piece fresh ginger, minced
1 large or 2 small spring onions, chopped
1 T. cornstarch
2 T. water
1 recipe Silver Loaves

Mix together sugar, soy sauce, oyster sauce, chicken stock, sesame
oil, black pepper and red food colouring. Set aside.

Stir-fry the pork, ginger, and spring onions in the vegetable oil
for 2 min. Pour in the seasoning mixture and stir for another
minute. Stir the cornstarch into the water and pour into wok.
Continue to cook, stirring, until the sauce is like thick custard.
Remove from heat.

Knead the Silver Loaves dough for 3 minutes. Cover and let sit 10
minutes. Divide into 24 pieces and cover again with the cloth.

Pat each piece of dough into a 4 inch in diameter circle. Place a
teaspoon of pork filling in centre and pleat edges of circle all
the way around. Bring edges up over filling, finally pinching the
pleats together firmly at the centre top. Set aside for 10 minutes.

Place each bun on a piece of wax (greaseproof) paper, and steam
with 1/2 inch of space between them, for 12 minutes. Do not open
the steamer while cooking or else the characteristic splitting of
the top of the bun will not take place.


Shrimp and Vegetable Filling

1 T. vegetable oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 spring onion, finely chopped
3/4 lb. chinese cabbage, chopped, blanched in boiling water for 1 min,
drained and squeezed dry in paper towels
1/4 cup cooked baby shrimp, minced
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. soy sauce
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1 tsp. sesame oil
1 tsp. cornstarch
1 T. water

Heat the oil in a wok, fry garlic and spring onion til garlic is
a light golden colour. Stir in cabbage and shrimp, and cook one
more minute. Add sugar, soy sauce, pepper and sesame oil, stir,
then add cornstarch mixed with water. Stir again. The mixture should
thicken immediately. Fill buns as with above recipe.



Sweet Red Bean Paste Filling

1 1/2 cups red beans, washed well
4 cups water
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1 cup sugar

Sweet red bean paste can be bought in the store, and used straight
from the can for filling, but this is how to make it from scratch.

Place the beans and water in a saucepan, cover, bring to boil over
medium high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 1 1/2
hours, or til beans are very soft.

Strain the water from the beans, and blend them into a puree in a
blender or food processor.

Press the puree through a sieve, discarding the skins, which will
be left in the sieve.

Place the puree in several layers of cheesecloth, and gently squeeze
to remove excess moisture.

Place the thickened puree back into the saucepan, together with
the sugar and vegetable shortening, and heat over low heat, stirring
until it becomes a thick paste. Stir and scrape vigourously so that
it does not stick to the bottom.

Remove from heat and let cool before filling buns.

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