Even though we walked a zillion times in front of this restaurant when we were roaming around in CP, never got into it. During our last visit to India, finally we decided to try some chinese food from there. I am talking about ‘China garden restaurant’ in Delhi, CP -G block. We stayed just near by this restaurant on our last visit. Every morning when we get down from hotel, I used to tell my hubby that we must try this restaurant this time. A day before our flight to tashkent, it was a very tiry day, busy schedules….so many things to do before going back and favorite part of delhi visit – shopping too…We were really tired and hungry after a tight day. Left all our shopping bags and evrything at the hotel, we decided to go to China garden restaurants.
We were surprised to see the crowd inside. From outside the restaurant, we cant see what is going on there. Absolutely loved the ambiance. Very good service. Above all, tastiest food. I must say, Tastiest chinese food I have ever had before.Menu has got lot many varieties. We were impatient to spend time to go through all the items. Finally we decided to order a hot and sour soup to start with, chilli crab(both of us love crab), chinese duck roast(his favorite) and something with chicken( i forgot the name of that dish) with chinese steamed bun as main meal and Kulfi (traditional Indian ice cream) as dessert. I never had chinese steamed bun before. To be honest, I didn’t even know there is something like this existed. He had it before with his friends, so we decided to go for it. If you are ever being at Connaught Place at delhi and love to try chinese, I recommend this restaurant.
They served hot steamed bun in a bamboo steamer, which was soft and fluffyy. Both bun and bamboo steamer caught my eyes…. soo cute (wanna own one such steamer ;)…it was really cute….I am sure if my mom sees it, she will definitely get it before me 😍).
On that day I told my hubby, I will definitely try to make this bun as soon as I reach tashkent. Some how it took 2 months for me to try. I was really happy with the result. Didn’t think that it will come out well at my first trial. Thanks to Jaden @ Steamy Kitchen for the recipe and tips. I changed the shape to exactly what we got from China Garden restaurant from her recipe.
I served this cute bun with Indo-Chinese Chilli Garlic Chicken, and jullian cut carrot and cucumber.
Lets get started…..
Health Tips :-
- Steamed food is soft & tender and easily digestible.
- Which doesn’t require oil for cooking, which makes it light and healthy.
- Keeps food moisture and freshness and maintain the nutrional value.
Serves – 8 medium buns
- Warm water -3/4 cup
- Active dried Yeast – 1 1/2 tea spoon
- Sugar -3 tea spoon
- Oil – 1 table spoon + enough to brush on bun
- All purpose flour(maida) – 2 Cup
- Baking powder – 1/2 tea spoon
- Salt – 1/4 tea spoon
- In a mixing bowl take warm water,yeast,sugar ,oil and mix. Keep aside for 1 to 2 minutes.
- Then add flour,baking powder and salt to it. Using your dough hook attachement slowly mix and make soft dough.( you can also use your hands to make the dough).
- You can add little more flour, if the dough is so sticky. But for me it was perfect.
- Kneed it again with your hands and keep the dough in a warm place by covering it with kitchen towel for 1:30 to 2 hours to rise. It must almost double in size.
- After that, make 8 equal sized smooth balls out of the dough, brush with little oil on top of each balls.
- Now place square pieces of parchement paper or foil for each balls in your steamer, by keeping 1 inch space between each and place prepared dough on it. Then switch on the flame. (See tips)
- Cover the rest of the dough with towel to avoid drying if you cant keep all the prepared dough at once.
- After you started getting steam, cook for 15 to 20 minutes on low flame.
- Then switch off the flame and keep the bun inside steamer without opening the lid for 1 minute.
- Serve it hot with your prefered side dish. (Better to serve straight from the steamer).
- Enjoy and let me know the feed back. Happy cooking 😊…
Tips & Tricks :-
- Keep your dough on the steamer and then heat the steamer, which will allow buns to cook slowly and get the perfect result. If you heat the water first and after getting the steam keeping the prepared dough, the buns will turn out chewy after cool down (great tip from Jaden).
- You can give your prefered shape for the buns.
- You can keep a clean kitchen towel on top of the steamer before closing the lid while steaming, to avoid droplets of water which may form while steaming.