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black pepper bun

Hujiao Bing Recipe- Black Pepper Buns

The black pepper bun (hujiao bing or hu jiao bing in Chinese) is one of Taiwan’s most popular snacks and has a hundred years of history.
Course Snack
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 4


  • First, the dough preparation that uses water:
  • Put 125 grams of warm water in a small bowl and add 1/2 teaspoon of yeast.
  • Add 1/2 teaspoon white sugar.
  • Stir with a spoon so that the yeast and sugar are completely dissolved in the water.
  • Put 250 grams of white flour in a separate bowl and add yeast water slowly.
  • Stir the water and flour with chopsticks to form a snowflake-like mixture.
  • Knead the dough together by hand and smooth the dough.
  • Cover the bowl with a damp cloth and set it aside for 30 minutes.
  • Place the dough on the cutting board and knead it a few times until the dough is smooth.
  • The dough is then divided into nine equal parts.

The dough preparation that uses lard:

  • Place 100 grams of white flour on the cutting board.
  • Put 75 grams of lard on the flour.
  • Rub the lard into the flour by hand until it begins to form a dough.
  • Knead the chewy dough by hand until smooth.
  • Roll the dough into a cylindrical shape.
  • Divide into 9 equal portions.

Preparing the Pork Belly:

  • Rinse off 250 grams of pork with clean water.
  • Take half of the washed pork belly and cut it into small, diced pieces with a knife.
  • The other half is chopped vigorously until it begins to look like a paté.
  • Place the diced pork belly and paté in a bowl and add 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
  • Add 1/2 teaspoon of homemade pepper water.
  • Drizzle 1/4 teaspoon soy sauce.
  • Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon of allspice.
  • Sprinkle a few teaspoons of black pepper.
  • Stir the sauce and meat with chopsticks until fully mixed.

Preparing the Green Onions:

  • Taking about 6 or 7 green onions, wash them with clean water.
  • Cut the chopped green onion with a knife.

Finalizing the Rested Dough:

  • Take a small piece of water dough on the cutting board.
  • Press into a round pie shape by hand.
  • Take a small piece of the lard dough in the center of the flattened water dough.
  • Wrap the lard dough in the water dough.
  • The wrapped dough is pressed down on the cutting board.
  • Roll the dough into an oval shape with a rolling pin.
  • Roll up the dough from one end to the other.
  • Roll up to the other end, forming a curled cylindrical dough.
  • Roll the dough well with a rolling pin.
  • You will notice the dough incorporating into each other.
  • Roll the dough from one end to the other.
  • Always roll to the other end, forming a curled cylindrical shape.
  • Knead dough by hand into a circular ball-shape.
  • Using a rolling pin, round the dough into a round pie-shaped dough piece.

Building the Black Pepper Buns:

  • Place a round pie-shaped dough piece on the left palm and take a pinch of meat and place on the center of the dough piece.
  • Grab a large amount of green onion and place on the meat.
  • Wrap meat and green onion in the dough sheet like a bun and tighten the seal.
  • Close the mouth, place the bun on the cutting board (sealed side down), and gently squash it with the palm of your hand.
  • Repeat the above steps to make a second cake.
  • Make all the Black pepper buns.

Baking Process:

  • Spread a layer of tin foil on a baking sheet and apply a layer of cooking oil.
  • Place the buns on the baking sheet evenly separated as they will rise.
  • Prepare a bottle of maltose.
  • Dip a pastry brush into the maltose and gently brush a layer on the surface of each cake.
  • Put an egg yolk in a bowl and use a brush to dip into this bowl.
  • Gently brush a layer of egg yolk on the surface of each cake.
  • Spread white sesame or black sesame on the surface of the cake.
  • Baking pan is then placed on the middle rack of the oven, preheated to 180 degrees, and bake for 25 minutes.
  • Once they are golden brown, remove and ENJOY!