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Pork Bao

For the Bao
1 box Tenderflake® Puff Pastry
Flour for dusting
For the Pulled Pork*
¼ cup(60ml) honey
5 Tbsp. (74ml) soy sauce
¼ cup (59ml) hoisin sauce
3 Tbsp. (44ml) rice wine vinegar
1 Tbsp. (15ml) sesame oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
½ tsp (2.5ml) Chinese five-spice powder
1.5 lbs pork butt, cut into 2 inch cubes
For the Garnishes
1 medium carrot
½ a medium cucumber
2 green onions cut thinly on a bias
¼ cup(59ml) salted peanuts, chopped
¼ cup (59ml) fresh cilantro sprigs
½ cup(125ml) rice wine vinegar
2 tbsp. (30ml) sugar
Sriracha and hoisin (optional)


  1. Thaw pastry according to package directions. Roll puff pastries out on a lightly floured surface.
  2. To make the filling, combine the honey, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, garlic and five-spice powder in a large bowl and stir ingredients together. Add the pork butt and toss to coat. Place in a slow cooker, cover and cook on low for 2 hours or until meat is tender. Remove meat with a slotted spoon; shred with two forks. Skim off any excess fat on top of the sauce and discard the fat.
  3. Transfer the sauce to a saucepan and bring to a boil. Let simmer for 5 minutes to reduce the sauce. Add the cornstarch and water mixture to the boiling sauce and cook, stirring, until the sauce thickens, about 2 minutes. Add the reserved meat to the sauce and set aside to cool.
  4. Preheat oven to 400°F. Using a 4 “ circular cookie cutter, cut 4 circles from one of the rolled out puff pastries. Repeat with the second pastry. Lightly dust each circle with flour and using a rolling pin gently roll into an oval. Place 3 Tbsp. (44ml) in the center and fold over half way so the meat is still exposed. Place on a parchment lined bake sheet and bake for 10-12 mins.
  5. For garnishes, peel and cut the carrot and cucumber into thin matchsticks. Mix both together in a medium bowl.
  6. Heat the rice vinegar and sugar in a small saucepan, just until the sugar has dissolved and allow to cool.  Pour over the carrot and cucumber mixture. 

Garnish the pork baos with carrot and cucumber pickle, green onion, cilantro and peanuts. Drizzle with hoisin and sriracha to taste (optional).

*Alternatively, this pulled pork recipe can be replaced with already prepared pulled pork, which can be found in most grocery stores.

*This recipe was previously made with Tenderflake® Rolled Puff Pastry Sheets and has been reformatted for the Puff Pastry Block.


Prep Time: 
15 minutes
Cook Time: 
235 minutes
Total Time: 
150 minutes

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