Thursday 19 April 2012


I love sweet and savoury twists on recipes, even on meat. This cookie like concoction is actually sweet pastries filled with char siu pork. They are just exceedingly delicious. The pastry is a crumbly and crisp sweet shortcrust and that goes so well with the pork filling. 

I found this recipe in one of my favourite books of Cecilia J. Au Yang entitled Chopsticks Recipes_Dim Sum. Although  her filling had other ingredients mixed in with the pork, I chose to use pure pork char siu to make it like the char siu puffs in dim sum restaurants. If you don't have char siu on hand, good quality bacon and ham can be used instead.

The recipe is a brilliant combination of textures. The pastry is cooked at a low temperature which makes it crisp even with a moist filling. What can be better than a cookie with a pork center?

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Ingredients for the pastry:

2 c. of flour
1/3 c. chilled butter
1/3 c. of vegetable shortening (or lard)
1/4 c. sugar
2 tbsps. of cold water
1 tbsp. sesame seeds
egg yolk for glazing


Preheat the oven to 300° F/150° C. 

Put the flour, butter, shortening (or lard) and sugar in a food processor and blitz until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add the 2 tbsps. of water and pulse until the mixture comes together and forms a ball. 

Wrap the ball of pastry in a sheet of cling film and refrigerate for about an hour or until firm enough to handle. 

Cut the pastry into two equal portions. Roll each portion into a log and divide each log into eight pieces. Roll one portion into a ball and make a bowl shape using your thumb. Fill with a generous spoonful of filling. Pinch the edges to close. Put the ball seal side down and gently flatten slightly with a rolling pin. Don't worry about the cracks. The slightly cracked look is actually what we are going for. 

Brush with egg yolk and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Arrange in a single layer on a lined cookie sheet bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown and crisp.

Ingredients for the filling:

1 c. of chopped char siu pork
1 tbsps. sugar
1/4 c. water
1-1/2 tsp. of corn flour
2 tsps. soy sauce
1/2 tsp. sesame oil

Put all of the ingredients in a sauce pan and mix together. Bring the mixture to a boil and simmer while stirring until thick. Transfer to a bowl and leave to cool.

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  1. That reminds me so much of the little meat pies I used to get at the Celtic fest near where I went to college. I looked forward to those pies every single year!

  2. I need to think about this one. I just can't get my head around char sui filling in a sweet cookie LOL.

  3. This looks amazing! I love sweet and salty and this looks like the ultimate sweet and salty recipe!

  4. I had dreams of dim sum the other night and unfortunately we don't have really good dim sum here in NM. I've been really wanting to try my hand at it, especially pork buns, so this recipe might just satisfy my craving and give me a good starting point! :-)

  5. These look and sound amazing!!! I am totally going to make these for my mom she would love them!!!

  6. Hi Adora, ohhh my family will finish entire batch of these in a minute! Seriously... these cookies look so good. I really wish I have your cooking talent to make everything you cook. It's my wish now... =D

  7. These look way better than the char siu puffs I see in the bakery! Yum.

  8. when i read the first 3 letters (while the page was still loading) i thought that i was familiar with char sui pork but then when i read the cookies part.. i don't think i've ever had any of these kind.
    these cookies look like the ones you buy from a store and wow you make them? as in home made? I'm with Nami, i wish i could do the same as you do too!

  9. These look amazing! I love the savory twist on a cookie =)

  10. this looks so good! I know my kids would inhale them in a second! gonna bookmark this! thanks!

  11. This looks cool! I can really see the technique here. Well done Adora! :D


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