Yesterday was my first time making mantou (馒头） or chinese buns. I was doubting whether I should post such a ugly picture. Well, the purpose of this blog is not just to showcase how "well" I can cook or bake (note the inverted commas), it serves also to present some of my failures. Failures in baking, cooking or understanding instructions and of course taking pictures with my lousy camera. LOL. The failures shouldn't just go to the chickens or my stomach, but they also deserve some mentioning so that I will not repeat the same mistakes again.
Well, the pumpkin mantou were actually very nice in terms of taste, soft and chewy, but somehow I couldn't achieve a smooth skin surface. Blame it on my steaming skills. The skin surface of my mantou looked like some old wrinkly grandmother's buttocks. Ok, sorry, I don't mean to insult any grandmothers, cos eventually I would be old and would have wrinkly buttocks too, but you know what I mean.
It was my first time steaming buns. I didn't have a proper wok big enough to steam on a large scale, so I relied on my tiny little wok which I prepared as a steamer. I also put some buns in my Toshiba ricecooker for steaming, turned out the buns steamed better in my ricecooker than in my wok-turned-steamer.
We ate the buns together with the Singapore Indian Curry that I cooked last night. In the end, the 9 small buns were finished between the two of us, husband and wife, and not to forget, His Majesty also had a bun to himself.
So eventually it was still a success, if you don't mind the appearance of those wrinkly looking mantou. I would try making them plain the next time, and eat them with my Tau You Bah. :)
Recipe of Pumpkin Mantou is adapted from Jane's blog (in Chinese)