In Japan, you’ll usually see people enjoying pork buns at Chinese restaurants, or grabbing them from a convenience store or supermarket. Unlike in China, where they’re a common breakfast item, in Japan pork buns are seen more as a quick snack.
We figure that if something is quick to eat, it should be quick to make too. That’s why, instead of making the dough from scratch, we’re simplifying the process and using bread. And in place of steaming the buns, we’re going to be microwaving them, to save even more time.
But don’t be fooled into thinking that this method of preparation sacrifices the quality in any way - because believe us, they certainly don’t. The bread turns out nice and warm, just like dough, and it really lets the tasty meat filling sing - especially with the zing of the ginger and oyster sauce.
Once you’ve got this process down pat, you can start experimenting with the filling - pop in some vegetables or pickles, or make a sweet version with custard cream!
- 0.25 lbs Minced pork
- 1.8 oz Onion
- a pinch Salt
- 1 tsp Oyster sauce
- 1 tsp Potato starch
- 0.5 tsp Sesame oil
- 0.5 tsp Sake
- 2 tsp Grated ginger
- 4 slices Plain bread
Add a pinch of salt to the minced pork and mix until the mixture is sticky. Add chopped onion and seasoning (A) and mix to combine. Divide into four equal portions.
Place a piece of bread on a piece of plastic wrap and place a quarter of the mixed meat in the center.
Lift the top and bottom of the bread and match the corners. Match the left and right corners. Wrap in plastic wrap and close tightly, twisting the top.
Cover with another sheet of plastic wrap to prevent the twisted part from coming loose. Make 4 pieces in total.
With the plastic wrap on, heat in the microwave (600w) for 3 minutes, leaving space between each. Leave them in the microwave for 2 minutes to finish!
- Be sure to check that it is cooked to the center.
- It is also recommended to heat two pieces at a time, as some parts of the microwave are difficult to cook.
- If you use bread without crust (or cut them off ), the texture will be more like a meat bun.
- The bread must be thinly sliced or it will be difficult to wrap, so we recommend 0.6 inches (1.5cm) thin bread.
- After heating, let it rest in the microwave for a while so that it cooks slowly and becomes juicy.