Not your usual bao recipe, these fluffy steamed buns are stuffed with Crispy Fried Chicken Tender and slathered in tangy and spicy kimchi mayo sauce.
About Chicken Kimchi Mayo Steamed Buns
I know that bao bun or baozi is Chinese. In addition, this Chicken Kimchi Mayo Steamed Buns recipe is not traditional. I just personally love bao buns because they are the perfect blank canvas for any flavor. They are very versatile and could be stuffed with a variety of ingredients, just like a burger or sandwich.
Here are three components to make Chicken Kimchi Mayo Steamed Buns:
1. Steamed Buns
I made the steamed buns by myself. The buns are typically in small semi-circular and flat in form, with a horizontal fold. The folded steamed buns could be opened up and filled with a variety of ingredients. You can read the full instruction how to make them along with some useful tips from my previous Steamed Bao Buns recipe.
2. Crispy Fried Chicken Tenders
If you have been following the news, you have probably heard all about the popular fried chicken sandwich. I think fried chicken is everyone’s favorite guilty pleasure. So why don’t I do the same with steamed buns? Crispy Fried Chicken Tenders from my previous post are the perfect size for the filling.
3. Chopped Kimchi
Since I had so much Napa Cabbage Kimchi from my previous homemade batch in my refrigerator, I want to utilize it in the recipe. Kimchi is a traditional side dish made out of salted and fermented vegetables. It has been a staple in Korean cuisine for centuries. The kimchi adds tangy, spicy, and umami flavor to the overall dish, making you want to keep taking a bite.
4. Kimchi Mayo Dressing
Mixed with mayonnaise, the kimchi mayo dressing brings the buns with their uniquely spicy, tangy, and umami flavor profile, giving a little Korean twist to them.
These Chicken Kimchi Mayo Steamed Buns take a lot of effort to make, and they can get demolished in seconds. Once you have all the ingredients prepped, the assembling goes by pretty quickly, These buns are fluffy and soft, while the chicken tenders and kimchi are crispy and delicious. The tangy sauce and sweet bread balance out the rich fried chicken. In addition, the kimchi mayo sauce also adds creaminess with just a perfect amount of spiciness.
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