smilingrid: Sweet Egg Custard Buns Recipe (Lai Wong Bao)

July 09, 2016

Sweet Egg Custard Buns Recipe (Lai Wong Bao)

Wow, it has been forever and a day since I posted a recipe on here! So, I guess it only makes sense for me to get back into the swing of the deliciousness with a treat I've been wanting to know how to make since freshman year! 

A big group of my freshman year gal pals and I went to China town for some super authentic dim sum. While there, Megan and I were introduced to our deliciously shared obsession: Lai Wong Bao. It's this dumpling-like pastry with egg custard on the inside... and we each ate multiple baskets of them! SO. GOOD.

So, when I stumbled across a similar delicacy that was easy to make on My Singapore Kitchen, I jumped alllll over the chance to put some homemade Lai Wong Bao in my and my roomie's bellies!

For the bread dough:

  • Bread flour- 2 cups
  • Egg- ½ (keep the rest for the egg wash)
  • Sugar- ¼ cup
  • Salt- ¼ tsp
  • Butter- 2 tbsp
  • Yeast- 1 tsp
  • Milk pwd- 1 tbsp (I used actual milk and it all turned out fine!)
  • Warm Water- ½ - ¾ cup
  • Olive Oil- 2 tbsp
For the custard:
  • Egg yolks- 2
  • Sugar- 1/3 cup
  • Plain flour- ¼ cup
  • Corn flour- 1 tbsp
  • Butter- 2 tbsp
  • Salt- 1 pinch
  • Milk- 1 cup
  • Vanilla extract- 1 tsp

 Definitely start by assembling the ingredients: separate your egg yolks, warm your milk, find wherever your yeast has hidden since you last needed it!

To make your dough: 

1) Mix everything together other than your oil and butter (flour, egg, sugar, salt, yeast, milk/milk powder, warm water) until loosely combined.

2) Add your butter and knead for 10 minutes or until elastic/soft. 

3) Drizzle on the oil, cover the bowl, and set aside in a warm place while you craft your custard!

To make your custard:

1) Warm the milk in a sauce pan (slash whatever kind of pan you have! non-stick would be a huuuuge plus here!)

2) Beat the egg yolks until pale, then add the sugar and flours.

3) Add the yolk-y mix, salt, and vanilla to the milk, whisking until incorporated. Then, melt the butter into the whole thing, still whisking away!

Now, combine the two! Grab a ball of dough, flatten it, dollop the custard in the middle, fold the edges of the dough over it until you've got perfect little packets of yum!

Bake at about 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes or until they look like thiiissss:

om nom nom

Be SUPER careful with that first bite if you're impatient like me- these get HOT!

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