Manapua

Local Style Manapua

Steam or bake your Manapua “Char Siu Bao,” a local favorite in Hawaii.

Try dipping it in a little shoyu hot mustard, delicious. Enjoy!

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Manapua - Steamed (Pork)
Cuisine: Chinese & Local Style
Recipe type: Snacks
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • ¼ cup dried shrimp, chopped
  • ¾ pound char siu, diced
  • 4 water chestnuts, diced
  • 1 stalk green onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons oyster sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 package hot roll mix (13-3/4 ounces)
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in skillet. Add all ingredients except for hot roll mix. Fry slightly.
  2. Prepare hot roll mix according to package directions.
  3. Let dough rise until doubled in size.
  4. Knead on floured surface until smooth and elastic.
  5. Pinch dough into twelve 1-1/2 inch balls.
  6. Flatten pieces of dough, keeping center thicker than the edges.
  7. Put a tablespoon of meat mixture in center.
  8. Form buns by pinching edges together to seal filling.
  9. Place on wax paper squares, seam side down.
  10. Cover and let rise until doubled again (about an hour).
  11. Steam for 15 minutes.

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Manapua - Baked (Chicken)
Cuisine: Chinese Local Style
Recipe type: Snacks
Ingredients
  • Char Sui Chicken: combine ingredients and marinate overnight
  • 2 pounds boneless chicken thighs
  • ½ cup white rice cooking wine
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • ½ tablespoon Chinese five spice
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled
  • ½ teaspoon red food coloring gel or 20 drops red food coloring
  • Manapua Dough Ingredients:
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 3 tablespoons lukewarm water
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1½ tablespoons cooking oil
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 6 cups sifted flour
  • ½ tablespoon sesame oil
  • Filling Ingredients:
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Char siu chicken, cooked and shredded
  • Red food coloring
Instructions
  1. See Nalani's video for putting it all together. Enjoy!

 

How to make Baked Manapua (cha siu bao)

 

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