Saturday, September 25, 2010

Pork Floss Potato Buns


I made these during the summer too, but I didn't have a chance to post them until now. I was debating whether I should post it up or not, but I decided I might as well. I found this recipe while browsing the bread section in Honey Bee Sweets. I decided to give it a try because I was interested in the use of a potato in the recipe and it also had pork floss! I love eating pork floss, and while it is not healthy to eat too much as it is fried and contains MSG; moderation is the key.

They turned out nice and soft. Although they had a bit of a crust, the inside was pretty good. I accidentally left them in the oven too long because when the timer went off, I took them out and tasted one. It was still a bit undone so I continued baking it, but then I forgot about them and they developed a crust. :( Oh well, next time I'll do better.

As you can see in Honey Bee Sweets' blog, her pork floss buns are pale and really soft while mine are over baked. Next time...

Anyway, I will list the ingredients below and any changes I made/the way I did it.
Pork Floss Buns
220g bread flour
80g cake flour (I substituted with flour and corn starch)
30g caster sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp instant active yeast
140ml ice cold water
40g egg yolk
60g mashed potato - I chopped up a potato into cubes and then I steamed it for a while until it became mashable. <- is that even a word? I would taste it from time to time to see if it was done yet. If anyone has any better way to cook potato for bread please share with me. Thank you. :) 30g unsalted butter, room temperature (I used salted and omitted the salt) For the filling I didn't measure out anything. I just used as much pork floss as I thought was necessary and yea. I didn't have any Asian jerky or hot dogs to use. In order to complete the bread, I needed mayonnaise, preferably the Asian type, as a glue for the pork floss. So I searched around and found this recipe on The Kwoks Viewfinder.

Transparent Mayonnaise (透明美乃滋)
Recipe from The Kwoks Viewfinder, instructions rewritten.
Set A
100g fine sugar (I reduced the sugar, I forgot how much)
5g salt
50g butter
450g water

Set B
200g fine sugar (I reduced the sugar again, otherwise it would be too sweet)
50g corn Starch
200cc water (aka 200 ml water)

Cook set A in a saucepan or just any pan with heat on low. Stirring the mixture very often until the sugar and butter completely melt.

Add Set B into Set A when Set A starts to boil, still cooking over low heat. Turn off the heat and cool when the mayonnaise thickens and becomes transparent. Apply it to bread or whatever you want when the mayonnaise is cool.

I think I cooked my mayonnaise way too long and it become pretty thick and goey as a result. That brought back childhood memories of me eating this transparent sweet "paste". I have no idea what it's called, but I remember that I really loved eating it. Supposedly it was healthy too. Back to the topic, I could taste a hint of "mayonnaise". Next time, I won't cook it as long, quarter the recipe and reduce the sugar a bit more. I made too much mayonnaise and I had to get rid of the rest because it was too goey and I couldn't possibly use it all up.

Recently, my camera has been broken and I haven't been able to fix it. So sadly, I haven't been able to take any pictures of the things I have been baking. However, here's a list so I can remember what I did bake: cinnamon rolls (1st time), brownies (new recipe), chocolate cupcakes (really quick and easy). I that's it. I can't believe I haven't posted a new post in such a long time. I have been pretty busy. Have a great week everyone.


  1. potato buns are really soft :D i've had some overseas and they stayed soft for AGES! hope everything works out next time and hope your camera is fixed soon :)

  2. least it was bread that you overbaked- they're a little more forgetful than some other things. I accidently left a thin cake in the oven for too long and it turned as hard as a biscuit =S And it was supposed to be for a friend too! =(
    I've never heard of transparent mayonnaise but it sounds cool! Nor have I tried potato bread....I'll have to try it some time too!

    btw, I tried your chocolate crinkle cookies =D It for our school picnic, but I baked it really late at night so I only cooled them for 15 minutes before putting it into a box and so they went soft and cakey =( But they tasted really nice. We actually had too much food at the picnic so I had quite a lot left over to take home so I rebaked them and then they became crunchy and were literally gone within a few minutes!! And so I didn't get to take photos =( BUT I'll definitely be making them again!

  3. Glad that you tried this potato bread is still one of my trusty soft bread recipe. ;) Thanks for the shout out. ;)Next time, don't forget your buns in the oven, lol!

  4. hi, remember your timer the next time. I used to be like you too..forgot the timer.. so now, whenever it's almost ready or 10mins before the stated time, i will just stand by my oven to see becos all our ovens are different..i just make sure i dont overbake it otherwise it will turn hard.

  5. Still looks good to me! I tried baking potato buns once...soft and flavourful!

  6. wow these buns look great... cheers

  7. Everything looks perfect to me. Homemade buns...I can eat a few! Nothing can beat homemade buns. I have not even tried pork floss buns. Must be very delicious as I love pork floss.

  8. grub, I never tried potato buns from a bakery before. You make the ones you had sound sooo good! I don't think my camera is fixable, so I might need to get a new one. I don't know how long it will be before my parents will buy a new one though.

    Von, I can imagine how frustrated you were when you accidentally over baked your cake. It takes so much effort to whip up a cake.

    I actually didn't know that it was called transparent mayonnaise until I discovered this recipe. I always called it Asian mayonnaise b/c the ones they had at bakeries were a little sweet but really good.

    I'm so glad you tried them out. Thank you. :) Yay, they turned out well for you.

    Honey Bee Sweets, Next time, I'll make sure to remember. :) so I can truly enjoy what the bread should taste like.

    Lena, Thanks for your advice. Sometimes I'm washing dishes and then it's like oh no! they're still in the oven. Time passes so quickly.

    pigpigscorner, Thank you. :)

    Olivia, thanks for checking out my blog.

    MaryMoh, I love pork floss too. But eating to much of it isn't that healthy. I like including it in my breakfast sometimes in the egg omelet.


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