Chinese cuisine

Pan Fried Beef Buns – Chinese Meat Pie (Xian Bing)

Pan Fried Beef Buns – Chinese Meat Pie (Xian Bing)
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If you love dumplings, you’ll love this Chinese Meat Pie, also known as pan-fried beef buns. A beloved street food and a staple in many Chinese households, these buns are the perfect amalgamation of crispy, golden-brown exteriors and a juicy, flavorful filling. The dough, soft and pliable, envelopes a savory beef mixture that’s been seasoned with traditional spices and condiments, offering a burst of flavors with every bite. It’s a large version of the fried dumplings and tastes even better!

Whether you’re reminiscing about your travels to China or simply looking to try something new, these Pan Fried Beef Buns are sure to satisfy your cravings. The intricate folding technique, combined with the aromatic beef filling, makes this dish a true testament to the art of Chinese cooking. Pair it with a side of tangy dipping sauce or enjoy it on its own, and let the flavors transport you to the bustling streets of China.

PRE TIME: 1 hr 45 min
  • For the wrapper
  • 1 cup Warm Water
  • 1 tsp. Yeast
  • 3 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • For the filling
  • 1 lb. Ground Beef  
  • 1 tbsp. Light Soy Sauce
  • 0.5 tbsp. Oyster Sauce     
  • 0.5 tbsp. Shaoxing Wine
  • 0.5 tbsp. Dark Soy Sauce   
  • 1 tsp. Five-Spice Powder      
  • 1 tsp. Sugar
  • 0.25 tsp. Salt
  • 0.25 tsp. Black Pepper         
  • 1 tbsp. Fried Shallot
  • 0.5 oz. Green Onion, Finely Chopped
  • 1 oz. Onion, Finely Chopped
  • 0.5 oz. Carrot, Finely Chopped    
  • 1 tbsp. Butter  
  • 1 tbsp. Minced Ginger        
  • 1 tbsp. Finely Chopped Cilantro 
  • 1 tbsp. Finely Chopped Celery             
  • 1 tbsp. Water
  • For simmering
  • 0.5 cup Water
  • 1 tsp. All-purpose flour
Step 1
Step 1
In a mixing bowl, add warm water and yeast, and mix until the yeast dissolved completely.
Step 2
Step 2
In the same bowl, add all-purpose flour, and mix to form a dought. Knead by hand until the dough is smooth.
Step 3
Step 3
Wrap the bowl in plastic wrapper and rest for 90 minutes.
Step 4
Step 4
In another mixing bowl, combine the ground beef and the rest of the filling ingredients, and mix well.  Set aside.
Step 5
Step 5
Dust the working surface with flour, and knead the dough into a long rope about 1.5-inch diameter. Cut the rope into 1.5-inch pieces.
Step 6
Step 6
Using a wooden roller, roll each piece into a thin circle wrapper.
Step 7
Step 7
Put a wrapper in the left hand, place filling in the center of the wrapper, fix the starting point with the right hand thumb and begin to fold the edge counterclockwise, and move the thumb slowly in the process., Repeat this step to seal the bun completely.
Step 8
Step 8
Place the buns with the sealed side down in a flat bottom cooking pan, leave a small gap between them, sear both sides until golden brown first, about 3-4 minutes on each side.
Step 9
Step 9
In the same pan, add ½ cup cold water. (The water level should reach about half way of the buns.)
Step 10
Step 10
Cover with a lid, cook over medium heat until the water almost evaporated. Uncover the lid, and sear both sides to golden and crispy, about 2 minutes.
Step 11
Step 11
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