You've never had this before, and neither have I! At least, I don't believe you've had this before... The closest I've ever seen is this yummy-looking Strawberry Rhubarb Streusel Bun recipe, but nothing like this before.
I'm challenging myself during the month of May to only cook Asian-style foods at home in honor of AAPI Awareness month. This is difficult for me, as my education in this matter is decidedly limited. I did not spend 100% of my childhood with the Asian side of my family, and when I did I was the one that did the cooking because I was the eldest daughter and it made me happy to feel like I was contributing. But what is purely Asian-style cuisine?
|NPR can tell us...|
NPR did a piece on what a global flavor map would look like. Asian-style cuisines, in short, paired flavors that had opposing compounds whereas Western-style foods had pairings with shared compounds. You can read all about it here! In this sense, I felt as long as I had that same basic principle, as well as a ton of rice, I'd be golden and I could make whatever I wanted. And what did I want, when I came to see my friends at the farm for my weekly CSA box?
I love bao, I love sweet steamed buns, and I love rhubarb. Why not combine it all in a healthy, nearly fat-free alternative to a hand-pie? Oh, sure, hand pies are great for crunch, but why not try something new this year? Even better, it won't get flaky if you put it in your pocket or wrap it for a lunch. It's great at room-temperature but even better slightly chilled. I don't know if this is for everyone - especially as I am learning that rhubarb is, apparently a divisive flavor - but if this is a texture-lover reading...keep going!
Rhubarb Bao Buns
- 300 g flour
- 150 g warm water
- 45 g sugar
- 1 Tbsp oil
- 3 g yeast
- 1 c chopped rhubarb
- 1/2 c sugar
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 1/2 c powdered sugar
- 1 Tbsp corn starch
- A fat pinch of kosher salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- The rhubarb liquid, measured by weight
- An equal measure of apple cider vinegar, ideally with the "Mother"
- A clean, sterilized bottle or glass jar