Gin Loong Pau - Recipe

Preparation time: 90 minutes

  • 500g Bao flour (from Asian grocers) or bread flour
  • 500g Red bean paste (from Asian grocers)
  • 2 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 2 teaspoon cooking oil or 50g Shortening
  • 1 small sachet Instant Yeast (10g)
  • 125g superfine sugar
  • 250 ml warm water (not too hot or it will kill the yeast)


Part A: Preparing the dough
  • Mix the ingredients and then mix in the water gradually. 
  • Knead the dough until it doesn't stick to your hands and becomes elastic.
  • Put dough in a large bowl and cover it with cling wrap.
  • Set it aside in a warm place or on a warm water bath for at least 30 minutes or until the dough doubles in size.
  • Knead the dough again and set aside for another 15 minutes.

Part B: Preparing the Red bean filling
  • While waiting for the dough to rise, scoop the Red bean paste into small balls about half the size of a golf ball, using a small spoon or scoop.
  • Make about a dozen or so Red bean balls

Part C: Making the Pau
  • Pinch a piece of dough about 40-50g and roll it in your hands into a ball.
  • Using a small rolling pin, flatten the dough by thinning the sides but leaving the centre thick so that the Pau will not burst when you wrap it with the paste later.
  • Place the dough on your palm and put a Red bean ball in the centre.
  • Wrap the Red bean completely by pulling up the sides of the dough towards the centre.
  • Roll the Pau gentle with your hands to smoothen the "joints".
  • Repeat this process until all done.
  • Rest them for at least 30 minutes or until they have increased in size.
  • Using a rolling pin, gently roll out the Pau and flatten to about 1 cm thickness, but be careful not to "burst" them. 

Part D: Roasting the Pau
  • Heat a small non-stick frypan on medium-low heat.
  • Lightly grease the pan with a little oil using a paper towel, and remove excess oil if necessary. 
  • Place a Pau on the pan and cover it with a small pot lid directly above the Pau.
  • Check constantly so that the Pau is not burnt, lower the heat settings if necessary.
  • Turn the Pau over when one side is done.
  • Repeat until all done.