Kaya pao is a kids’ favourite, this pao recipe uses caramel kaya as filling. The kaya filling for kaya pao is slightly different from normal kaya. You need to add some water and plain flour to lower the percentage of egg in the kaya, so that the filling less tends to curdle when the kaya pao is steamed.

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Kaya Pao/Kaya Pau
 

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Yields: 8

Ingredients for Kaya Pao:

Ingredients for kaya filling: (Yields: 350 g)

  • 110 g + 40 g fine granulated sugar
  • ½ tbsp + 1 ½ tbsps hot water
  • 110 g thick coconut milk
  • 2 eggs (grade A)
  • 50 g plain water + 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 2 pcs pandan leaves

Ingredients for pao dough:

  • 210 g pao flour
  • 90 g wheat starch
  • 1 tsp instant yeast
  • 65 g fine sugar
  • 135 g plain water
  • 20 g corn oil (or other vegetable oil)

Instructions:

For kaya filling:

1 Heat 40 g of fine sugar over medium-low heat until it starts melting, add in 1/2 tbsp of hot water, cook into caramel. Off the heat, add in 1.5 tbsps of hot water, mix into caramel syrup. (Reminder: Use cooking pot with thicker base to cook the caramel will prevent burning.)

Kaya Pao/Kaya Pau
 

2 Add 110 g of sugar and thick coconut milk to the caramel syrup. Beat eggs gently, add to mixture. Add plain flour to water, mix well, add to mixture. Stir until sugar has dissolved.

Kaya Pao/Kaya Pau

3 Sieve the mixture, then add in pandan leaves.

Kaya Pao/Kaya Pau
 

4 Bring large pot of water to the boil, turn to medium heat, put the bowl with mixture on top of the pot (the bottom of the bowl shouldn’t touch the hot water at the bottom), cook the mixture until thickened, about 5 minutes.

Kaya Pao/Kaya Pau

5 Turn to low heat, cover with lid (tie with a piece of cloth to prevent water from condensation from dripping into the kaya), simmer for 45 minutes. (Reminder: Do not remove the lid while cooking.)

Kaya Pao/Kaya Pau

6 After cooking for 45 minutes…

Kaya Pao/Kaya Pau

7 Discard pandan leaves, whisk kaya with hand whisk until smooth.

Kaya Pao/Kaya Pau

8 Transfer to a container, set aside to cool. Put on the lid when cooled, keep refrigerated. (Reminder: Prepare the kaya filling one day ahead, chilled kaya is easier to be filled into pao.)

Kaya Pao/Kaya Pau

9 Prepare 8 portions of kaya filling, 35 g each.

Kaya Pao/Kaya Pau

For pao dough:

1 Combine pao flour, wheat starch, sugar and instant yeast, mix well. Add in water, mix into a dough. Add in oil, mix well.

Kaya Pao/Kaya Pau

2 Use stand mixer with hook attachment, knead over “speed 2” for 5 minutes, until a smooth dough is formed. (Reminder: Knead for 6-7 minutes if do it manually, lightly coat palm with flour if it is sticky.)

Kaya Pao/Kaya Pau

3 Shape dough into a ball, wrap with cling wrap, set aside to rest for 6-7 minutes.

Kaya Pao/Kaya Pau

4 Roll out the rested dough into thin rectangular shape dough, then roll up into a rod shape. Divide into 8 portions, each about 65 g.

Kaya Pao/Kaya Pau

5 Shape into balls, cover with cling wrap to prevent from drying.

Kaya Pao/Kaya Pau

Making Kaya Pao:

(Reminder: Divide dough into 2 batches, 4 doughs for each batch, prepare 1 batch at a time.)

1 Coat dough with pao flour, roll out into round shape with thick centre and thin sides. Turn the flatten dough over, top with 1 portion of kaya filling, then wrap filling with dough, then put onto a piece of paper. (Reminder: You should work fast when making pao to avoid the pao dough from over-proofing. Over-proofed pao will have wrinkle surface when steamed.)

Kaya Pao/Kaya Pau

2 Bring 500 ml of water to the boil in steamer, off the heat, then add in 1 Litre of plain water.

Kaya Pao/Kaya Pau

3 Arrange pao on steamer racks, put steamer racks over the warm water, cover and proof for 20 minutes. (Reminder: Using bamboo steamer to steam will prevent condensation water from dripping onto pao.)

Kaya Pao/Kaya Pau
Kaya Pao/Kaya Pau

4 After proofing for 20 minutes, turn to high heat until water is boiling (about 3 minutes), then reduce to medium heat and steam the kaya pao for another 15 minutes.

Kaya Pao/Kaya Pau
Kaya Pao/Kaya Pau

Kaya Pao/Kaya Pau

Kaya Pao Recipe (Kaya Chinese Steamed Bun)

Kaya pao is a kids’ favourite, this pao recipe uses caramel kaya as filling. The kaya filling for kaya pao is slightly different from normal kaya.
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Prep Time 1 hr 35 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 20 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 55 mins
Course Breakfast, Buns
Cuisine Chinese, Southeast Asia, Steamed
Servings 8 paos
Calories 314 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

For kaya filling: (Yields: 350 g)

  • 150 g fine granulated sugar 110 + 40 g
  • 2 tbsp hot water ½ + 1½ tbsps
  • 110 g thick coconut milk
  • 2 eggs grade A
  • 50 g water
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 2 pcs pcs pandan leaves

For pao dough:

  • 210 g pao flour
  • 90 g wheat starch
  • 1 tsp instant yeast
  • 65 g fine sugar
  • 135 g plain water
  • 20 g corn oil or other vegetable oil

Instructions
 

For kaya filling:

  • Heat 40 g of fine sugar over medium-low heat until it starts melting, add in 1/2 tbsp of hot water, cook into caramel. Off the heat, add in 1.5 tbsps of hot water, mix into caramel syrup. (Reminder: Use cooking pot with thicker base to cook the caramel will prevent burning.)
    Kaya Pao/Kaya Pau
  • Add 110 g of sugar and thick coconut milk to the caramel syrup. Beat eggs gently, add to mixture. Add plain flour to water, mix well, add to mixture. Stir until sugar has dissolved.
    Kaya Pao/Kaya Pau
  • Sieve the mixture, then add in pandan leaves.
    Kaya Pao/Kaya Pau
  • Bring ⅓ large pot of water to the boil, turn to medium heat, put the bowl with mixture on top of the pot (the bottom of the bowl shouldn’t touch the hot water at the bottom), cook the mixture until thickened, about 5 minutes.
    Kaya Pao/Kaya Pau
  • Turn to low heat, cover with lid (tie with a piece of cloth to prevent water from condensation from dripping into the kaya), simmer for 45 minutes. (Reminder: Do not remove the lid while cooking.)
    Kaya Pao/Kaya Pau
  • Discard pandan leaves, whisk kaya with hand whisk until smooth.
    Kaya Pao/Kaya Pau
  • Transfer to a container, set aside to cool. Put on the lid when cooled, keep refrigerated. (Reminder: Prepare the kaya filling one day ahead, chilled kaya is easier to be filled into pao.)
    Kaya Pao/Kaya Pau
  • Prepare 8 portions of kaya filling, 35 g each.
    Kaya Pao/Kaya Pau

For pao dough:

  • Combine pao flour, wheat starch, sugar and instant yeast, mix well. Add in water, mix into a dough. Add in oil, mix well.
    Kaya Pao/Kaya Pau
  • Use stand mixer with hook attachment, knead over “speed 2” for 5 minutes, until a smooth dough is formed. (Reminder: Knead for 6-7 minutes if do it manually, lightly coat palm with flour if it is sticky.)
    Kaya Pao/Kaya Pau
  • Shape dough into a ball, wrap with cling wrap, set aside to rest for 6-7 minutes.
    Kaya Pao/Kaya Pau
  • Roll out the rested dough into thin rectangular shape dough, then roll up into a rod shape. Divide into 8 portions, each about 65 g.
    Kaya Pao/Kaya Pau
  • Shape into balls, cover with cling wrap to prevent from drying.
    Kaya Pao/Kaya Pau

Making Kaya pao: (Reminder: Divide dough into 2 batches, 4 doughs for each batch, prepare 1 batch at a time.)

  • Coat dough with pao flour, roll out into round shape with thick centre and thin sides. Turn the flatten dough over, top with 1 portion of kaya filling, then wrap filling with dough, then put onto a piece of paper. (Reminder: You should work fast when making pao to avoid the pao dough from over-proofing. Over-proofed pao will have wrinkle surface when steamed.)
    Kaya Pao/Kaya Pau
  • Bring 500 ml of water to the boil in steamer, off the heat, then add in 1 Litre of plain water.
    Kaya Pao/Kaya Pau
  • Arrange pao on steamer racks, put steamer racks over the warm water, cover and proof for 20 minutes. (Reminder: Using bamboo steamer to steam will prevent condensation water from dripping onto pao.)
    Kaya Pao/Kaya Pau
  • After proofing for 20 minutes, turn to high heat until water is boiling (about 3 minutes), then reduce to medium heat and steam the kaya pao for another 15 minutes.
    Kaya Pao/Kaya Pau

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Notes

This recipe yields 8 pieces of paos. 
The nutritional value for reference is for 1 pao. 

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 314kcalCarbohydrates: 59gProtein: 5gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 20mgPotassium: 98mgFiber: 1gSugar: 27gVitamin A: 59IUVitamin C: 0.4mgCalcium: 14mgIron: 2mg
Keyword chinese steamed buns, kaya bao, kaya pao, kaya steamed buns
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