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Saturday, 5 March 2011

Bali Street Food: Bakpao

Bali Street Food: Bakpao

*Note from the author - This post is part of a series and the complete list of related  posts is available here - Bali Street Food*

 This is not strictly an Indonesian food, let alone Balinese, but it's so common that you can forgive its foreign roots.

For sale in Jalan Gunung Sari, Denpasar.

'Bakpao' is basically a type of steamed dumpling.  They are also the closest thing you will find to a savoury meat pie.

The choice of fillings are beef, chicken, pork, red bean,          green bean, red bean or chocolate.
Or in Indonesian; daging sapi, ayam,babi,kacang merah,kacang hijau,kacang hitam OR coklat, respectively.

These are usually indicated by a coloured dot on top of the
bakpao -  ask the person selling which is which! The bean flavours are both sweet.

Here is also a recipe, courtesy of if you would like to try your hand at making some at home.  I have not tried this recipe so I can't vouch for it but it certainly looks good - have a go yourself!

                     Bakpao Recipe (Indonesian Steamed Dumpling)    
                                                                                    For the 'skin':
1 cup warm water
1/4 cup sugar
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. yeast
3 tbsp. oil
1 small onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1-1/2 cups pork (or beef/pork mix) ground
1 tbsp. soy sauce, 2 tsp. hoisin or oyster sauce
Salt and sugar, to taste

Skin: Dissolve sugar in water completely. Mix flour, yeast and baking powder, then add water mix and oil. Mix, then knead until no longer sticky. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise until double in bulk, about 45 minutes. While waiting, make the filling:
Sauté onion until translucent but not brown, adding the garlic towards the end. Add the meat and cook through. Add liquids and spices, cook 1 additional minute, and set aside.
When dough is risen, form into long loaf and cut into approximately 6 equal pieces. Roll each piece flat, put filling in center and seal shut.
Let stand for 15 minutes, then steam for 20-25 minutes.
Submitted by: Matt

Here's a video how to make them if you would like!

Bali Street Food: Bakpao


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