Crispy Sichuan Salt & Pepper King Fish Bao Buns

Crisp-Fried Sichuan Salt and Pepper King Fish Bao Buns.These handheld morsels are a dinner party delight or an even better weekend lunch option.

  • Experienced
  • Serves 4
  • 2 hours
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What you’ll need

  • 2 Cups Plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp Baking powder
  • 30ml Warm milk
  • Pinch of Caster sugar
  • 1 tsp Dried yeast
  • 1 Tbsp groundnut oil, plus extra for brushing
  • 3 tsp Rice vinegar
  • 150ml Water
  • 3 tsp Sichuan peppercorns
  • 2 tsp Coriander seeds
  • 1 Star anise
  • 1 Dried red chilli
  • 3 Tbsp Sea salt
  • 1/2 Cup corn flour
  • 1/4 Plain flour
  • 200g Kingfish mishapes
  • 1 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 Cloves garlic,crushed
  • Vegetable oil for shallow frying

Let's Cook!

Crispy Sichuan Salt & Pepper King Fish Bao Buns
Step 1

Make the bao buns by placing flour and baking powder in a large bowl. Combine milk, caster sugar and yeast in a small jug. Add to the flour along with groundnut oil, rice vinegar and water. Stir with a fork until a dough forms. Transfer to a floured surface. Knead for 10 minutes then transfer to a large, lightly oiled bowl. Cover and set aside to prove in a warm place for 1 hour.

Crispy Sichuan Salt & Pepper King Fish Bao Buns
Step 2

Divide into 8 equal pieces and roll into balls. Roll out each ball using a rolling pin, to create a 8 x 10cm oval. Brush with oil. Place an oiled chopstick in the center of each oval. Fold over the dough and remove the chopstick. Transfer to a lightly floured paper lined tray. Cover and rest for 20 to 30 minutes or until doubled in size.Place buns in a bamboo steamer and cook for 10 minutes.

Crispy Sichuan Salt & Pepper King Fish Bao Buns
Step 3

Meanwhile, make Sichuan salt and pepper by dry frying peppercorns, coriander and star anise. Cool. Add to a mortar with chili and salt. Grind with a pestle. Combine mix with flours. Place the fish, 1 tbsp fish sauce and garlic in another bowl. Toss to combine. Dust fish in flour mixture. Shake off excess. Shallow fry in batches over a medium heat. Drain on a paper towel.

Crispy Sichuan Salt & Pepper King Fish Bao Buns
Step 4

To make slaw, combine carrot, cabbage, coriander, fish sauce, mayonnaise and lime in a bowl.Fill buns with slaw, fish and coriander. Serve with Sriracha and lime wedges.

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