Monday, November 25, 2013

Bunzzzzz: More Cinnamon Snail Recipe Testing

Did you think I was done recipe testing for the Cinnamon Snail  I was not!  The upcoming Cinnamon Snail cookbook will also include recipes for assorted Baozi buns, the likes of which my friends and I have referred to as bunzzzz ever since a particularly humorous incident at Vegetarian Dim Sum House a few years ago.  But, I digress.

You might not be surprised to learn that I'd never made buns before; I was both excited and nervous to give it a try.  As someone who never ceases to amaze herself when she makes a loaf of bread, I found this to be an interesting and surprisingly similar process.  Well, to a point.



Once you've got your bunzzzzz, there's no shortage of what you can do with them:

Sesame Bean Paste Bao Buns with pea shoots, minced scallions, and toasted black sesame seeds.  I know you might be thinking, "bean paste?" but these were really good!

Oyster Mushroom Bao Buns with Kimchi and sriracha mayo.  I'm generally not a huge fan of oyster mushrooms, but the preparation and accoutrements gave these a really unique bite.

Peking Seitan Bao Buns with baby arugula, minced scallions, mint, microgreens, and wasabi mayonnaise.  These were my favorites; they reminded me of my fave buns from Franchia.

I hope this gives you even more of an idea of what a variety of delicious and interesting recipes and combinations to expect in the upcoming Cinnamon Snail cookbook.  Spoiler alert: there will also be donuts.

Somehow 89 missed out on trying a bun.  She did eat a pancake the next morning, so don't feel too bad for her.

More recipe testing posts in the works, so needless to say I'm very much looking forward to Thanksgivukkah when someone else will handle the cooking.


  1. Hot BUNNNZZZZZ....

    Looks good. You're really building my excitement and expectations for this cookbook!

    Also 89 looks so tiny in that photo...

  2. Good for you! The buns look like they were perfectly executed by an expert. And 89 looks like a girl who appreciates a good cook! :)

  3. the buns look so cute! I wanna eat them all. Did you make everything in the cookbook, or what???
    (Happy Thanksgivukkah)

  4. Oh holy moly those seitan bunnzzz look amazing. I've never made it to one of his ICE classes. Got to put it on the list.

  5. BYOL- I can't wait either! Are you calling my dog a heifer?

    Andrea- She definitely knows where to hang out. Has Callie opened her mind to kitchen sampling?

    foodfeud- Would you believe the buns and sammies are just one chapter? This cookbook is going to be epic. Happy Thanksgivukkah!

  6. Callie has finally started seeking crumbs, so now I have to be careful not to let her get into anything harmful. She had a great time under the baby's high chair the other night. His newest trick is to drop all his food over the edge of the tray onto the floor. They were both entertained until the broccoli ran out.

  7. Excellent bun work! One thing I've always wondered about those - can you make them with standard issue flour? If so, I'm going to making me a batch at home. When the book comes out, obv.

  8. Andrea, that's why babies and dogs get along so well!

    Joey, I was surprised to learn: it's AP flour! You are going to have many cooking adventures with this amazing book.

  9. I <3 gua baos (these steamed buns), you've probably seen them on my blog.

  10. I love those steam buns! But i usually just buy them at the chinatown groceries (they're vegan!) in frozen packages and steam. Great topping combos- the mushroom one sounds awesome!

  11. I made the Peking Seitan Bao Buns, thanks for the inspiration! They are outstanding, and I just bought a new steamer so I can start up again in the fall!


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