This is one of the most common styles of bread where you have the crispy, stuffed flatbread.
Although this bread is flaky with its crispy exterior, people enjoy it more because it often has the perfect flavors.
When you crave the flavorful bread with the delicious filling, consider our Guo Kui recipe. What’s more, it’s great to use even when you’re a vegan; keep off using the pork.
If you came to my home today, even if unannounced, you would most probably have this on the table for you to bite into. We like to use them as snacks but also appetizers. Some people like to use them for breakfast, so whichever way you would like to use them, go on and do it.
What is Guo Kui?
Here you have a snack unique Chinese style of flatbread that is crispy and nicely stuffed. Notice too that this is a significant street snack that they sometimes refer to as the Chinese pizza. In most cases, they make the bread from a few ingredients and oil too.
So, the first step is to sizzle the flatbread on the pan before you take it to the oven. It will surprise you then that they make the best Guo Kui in the streets of China.
You can have them in both sweet and savory flavors. Now be informed that the savory flavor is one of the most common styles of the Guo Kui style. They usually have the spicy filling if you want them to be.
People even make the bread into a vegan style of bread. This is great, and you will make it the perfect bread when you add chickpeas.
How to make Guo Kui
- Dough material: 300g all-purpose flour, 2g instant dry yeast, 180g water
- Pastry ingredients: 4 grams of pepper, 4 grams of salt, 30 grams of all-purpose flour, 30 grams of salad oil.
- Minced meat ingredients: 100 grams of pork puree, 10 grams of ginger, 10 grams of green onions, light soy sauce, oyster sauce, salt
- Other ingredients: white sesame seeds, an appropriate amount of salad oil.
Step by step guide
Make the dough
- Mix the dough materials as listed above and then start to knead into a smooth dough. Cover with plastic wrap and proof for 20 minutes. Just remember to use the lukewarm water to make it easy to roll as you make the conducive environment for the yeast activation.
- Put the pepper and salt into the wok and sauté until you have a great aroma.
Prepare the filling
- Grind the pepper and salt together to form salt and pepper powder. You should have it looking something like the one we have below. Mix it nicely, and then go for the next step.
- In another bowl, add chopped ginger and chopped green onion to the pork puree. Also, add salt, light soy sauce, and oyster sauce and mix well.
- Add the ground salt and pepper to another all-purpose flour. Next, pour the hot salad oil while it is hot and stir evenly into a shortbread.
Assembling the Guo Kui
- Your dough has made its first proofing, so you should divide it into eight other equal parts.
- You can brush some oil onto the surface, and the rolling pin, then start the rolling process. Take a portion, roll it into a long strip, and spread a shortbread layer evenly in the middle. You should therefore have an oblong sheet.
- Start from one edge and then roll up from top to bottom. Make all of them in turn. You should make it look as follows.
- Flatten the rolled dough and roll it out again into a long strip; the thinner, the better. It makes it easy to create the roll.
- Put meat filling in the middle and roll it up from top to bottom.
- Stand up the rolled dough to set it ideally on your palm.
- Squash with the palm of your hand. Again, press the dough ball on your palm, and then keep pressing it without really breaking the dough ball. But this step then you should set it on the pan.
- Stick white sesame seeds on the surface and roll them into a round cake.
Cooking the Guo Kui
- Put an appropriate amount of salad oil (about 3 to 4 tablespoons) in the pot and fry on medium heat. Then you can reduce it to low heat. You should put just a few options of the bread styles.
- Then you should fry four pieces at a time. So then flatten it enough to make sure it’s nicely flattened on your palm.
- When fried until golden brown on both sides, remove the bread and place it in a baking tray.
- Put it into the preheated 170-degree oven and bake for 15 minutes.
- Allow enough time for the dough to relax during each step of making. Remember, when you let it rest perfectly, it will make the perfect flatbread you can use for different needs. If you like it at this juncture, you can also rub in the oil to absorb the dough.
Each step of the operation is to make all the dough embryos before proceeding to the next step.
- The salt and pepper must be made by yourself. Don’t use the ready-made products bought in the supermarket. The taste is entirely different.
- When rolling out the cake at the end, roll it out evenly and slowly; too much force will break the skin.
- The pork paste in the filling should be as thin as possible. It is easier to spread thinly and roll it out.
How to serve the Guo Kui
I must say this flatbread is excellent when you serve it hot and fresh. But if you have to store it, you need to keep it in an air-tight container. Then you can set it in the fridge or freezer. You can set them in the freezer for six months, and when you want to eat them, you should reheat them.
Expect the following from the Guo Kui
Of course, when you are making flatbread, then you should expect rich flavors.
You will experience the perfect flavors but especially when you set the perfect fillings.
It will set the perfect and flaky texture as well.
It’s so delicious, and you will like the perfect snack.
Can I make a healthier version?
Yes, you can make a healthier option of bread. You only need to cook it in the oven if you want to make a healthier choice. You don’t have to go through deep-frying, but that type we will make with you another day. Therefore, when you bake it right, you will quickly attain the perfect level of crispiness.
Although they make it in the streets though you can also make it at home if you like. Once you learn the basics, you will discover that it’s one of the easiest choices to make one of the wealthiest flavored bread ever.
If you like, though, you can even make it healthier by adding chickpeas to the bread, thus packing it better with proteins. You will enjoy the flavors. If you are one of those who suffer from some the lifestyle diseases like diabetes, you can easily make the meal. Even those with high blood pressure can comfortably eat it.
So, notice though that you don’t have to be in China to make the Guo Kui; you can always make it.
What are you waiting for?
Would you like to bring street life to your home? Well, here you have it. Follow this recipe to the latter and enjoy the flatbreads.
- Dough material: 300g all-purpose flour 2g instant dry yeast, 180g water
- Pastry ingredients: 4 grams of pepper 4 grams of salt, 30 grams of all-purpose flour, 30 grams of salad oil.
- Minced meat ingredients: 100 grams of pork puree 10 grams of ginger, 10 grams of green onions, light soy sauce, oyster sauce, salt
- Other ingredients: white sesame seeds an appropriate amount of salad oil.
- The first thing is to make the dough using flour, water, and yeast. Take your time during the kneading process to make sure the dough is perfect. Then you should cover it with plastic wrap and allow it time to just rest.
- Have your wok on the stovetop and then set the pepper and salt. Let it all heat up until you have the perfect aroma to know it's now ready.
- Next, grind the salt and pepper together, and with this, you will form the pepper salt powder.
- Get another bowl and put in the pork puree. Also, add chopped ginger and chopped green onion. Then add on the salt, light soy sauce, and oyster sauce and mix well.
- Your dough should have doubled at this point, and it's ready. So, you divide it into portions then let it proof a second time.
- Use a rolling pin to roll the dough ball to an oblong shape. Make it thin, and remember this is where you will add the filling.
- Start to roll the dough from the bottom to the top. Make it as tight as you need to.
- Press the dough ball down and set it aside, waiting for you to fry it.
- Set your pan on the heat and add a tiny amount of oil. Heat it, then set the four dough balls first. Let them cook on one side and then the next.
- Once you are done, then you can set them in the oven to bake them once again.
- Serve it with your perfect glass of coffee, or eat it just as it is.