Steamed buns with duck and pickled grapes perfect for celebrating the Chinese new year.
Every Chinese New year I like to mark with a wee culinary challenge. Two years ago I made these pork dim sum, last year I made fortune cookies. This year for the year of the rooster I’ve been practising making steamed buns or bao buns. You see both open or close steamed buns and with a variety of fillings, pork seems to be most common. I made open steamed buns with roast peking duck, hoisin sauce and pickled grapes. They were incredibly good like big versions of duck pancakes. The addition of the pickled grapes was delicious and they worked perfectly with the duck. I pickled them in vinegar and added cinnamon and cloves. They were like sweet and sour grapes and just wonderful.
The steamed buns are really pretty easy to make you will need to set aside a couple of hours and you will also need a bamboo steamer. I adapted a recipe by steamy kitchen. They would be perfect for a night in with friends to celebrate the Chinese New Year.