Momofuku Style Pork Buns
Momofuku is group of different multi awarded restaurants opened by Chef David Chang in 2004 in New York, each restaurant become really popular and well-loved for their signature dishes like the Momofuku Noodle Bar Pork Buns, Momofuku Noodle Bar Momofuku Ramen, Momofuku Milk Bar Crack Pie and Momofuku Ko Soft Boiled Egg with Caviar. These dishes are easily become the favourites of the locals because they all taste amazingly delicious and quite affordable.
I am thousands of miles away from New York so if I crave for some of those signature dishes then I am out of luck unless I make them on my own, like this recipe we have for today the Momofuku Style Pork Buns, while it does not look near the original Pork Buns of Momofuku, they will taste nearly the same as the filling we will be using will contain the same elements. We will also make it really easy for everyone meaning there are no kneading involved in making your buns instead we will be using the some store bought mantou from your nearest Asian grocer but if you insist on making your own dough then follow the dough recipe here as this is my tried and tested steamed buns.
Like any pork buns out there the secret of making a good one is a combination of that fluffy white semi-sweet steamed bun (so get a good brand), succulent pork and hoisin sauce nothing fancy just real comfort food where sweet and savoury flavours blend really well. Keeping those in mind while making your own home made version will make sure that this recipe will be fool proof and will definitely satisfy your taste buds.
- 2 kg pork belly skin on
- ⅓ cup sea salt
- ⅓ cup brown sugar
- Combine salt and sugar then rub it all over the pork, place in large zip lock bag and let it marinate overnight.
- Place pork in a small roasting pan fat side up that would fit the pork belly then bake in a 220C pre heated oven for 1 hour. Halfway through the process baste it with the liquid accumulated in the bottom of the pan.
- Lower heat to 135C then continue to bake for 1.5 to 2 more hours or until pork is really tender. Baste the pork with any liquid accumulated in the pan every 30 minutes.
- Remove from oven then let it cool, once cooled down cover it with cling wrap, place it on a flat surface plate and place a flat bottomed heavy item on top like a cast iron rectangular casserole (this will make it easier to slice evenly, make pork belly, flat and shaped uniformly). Secure the top weight then place in the refrigerator and let it chill overnight.
- Heat your mantou by steaming then leave it there in low heat while you prepare your fillings.
- Place cucumbers in a bowl then combine it ¼ cup sugar and 1 tbsp salt, make sure you distribute it evenly.
- Remove pork from the refrigerator, remove the cling wrap then slice your pork belly into ½ in thick and 2 in long pieces, reheat them either by quickly placing them on a non-stick pan over high heat or using a microwave.
- Get a mantou, slice it in the middle then place 2 slices of the reheated pork, 2 cucumbers, some spring onions and a tablespoon of hoisin sauce. Repeat with your remaining mantou then serve.