Recipes from our Chefs - Authentic Chinese Crispy Beef with Steamed Buns

Authentic Chinese Crispy Beef with Steamed Buns

At all our UK country houses food plays a central part. Meals are varied and tasty, with a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Here our chefs take the opportunity to share some of their creations with delicious recipes from the HF kitchens for you to try at home.

Here, Sean from Dolserau Hall in Southern Snowdonia gives us his take on an authenic Chinese Crispy Beef with Steamed Buns – follow the recipe below or watch Sean in action on the video and give his recipe a go.

authenic Chinese Crispy Beef with Steamed Buns

Makes 12 to 15 !


Steamed buns
115g of milk (warm)
45g of butter (melted)
7g of yeast
360g of Bread flour
35g Sugar
5g of salt
2g of bicarbonate if soda
2g of baking powder


Crispy beef and glaze
600g of beef steak (any cut)
100g of corn flour
100ml of soy sauce
100g if brown sugar
2 oranges zested then juiced
2 table spoons of white vinegar
2 garlic cloves crushed
Nob of ginger crushed
2 table spoons of Sesame seeds
1 chopped fresh red chilli

METHOD - STeamed Buns

Step 1.
Start by adding all the dried ingredients to a mixing bowl with the dough hook attachment and mix slowly.

Step 2.
Add the milk and melted butter and increase the speed to medium.
Leave to mix for 10 minutes.

Step 3.
After 10 minutes, put the dough in a warm place covered with cling film.
Leave to prove for 1 hour until it has doubled in size.

Step 4.
When it’s doubled, roll out the dough using a rolling pin to no more than 1cm thick.
Use your circular cutter and make your flattened buns.
Fold the circles into half and put on a lined tray
(we recommend grease proof paper)
Leave in a warm place for 30 minutes
Steam for 5 to 10 minutes

METHOD - Crispy Beef

Step 1.
Start by making your glaze for the beef.
Add the soy, ginger, garlic, vinegar, sugar, five spice and orange juice to a pan.
Simmer for 10 minutes.

Step 2.
Slice your beef nice and thin.
Toss in the cornflour, orange zest, sesame seeds and salt & pepper, then shallow fry in oil until golden and crispy
It should take 2 to 3 minutes.

Step 3.
Drain the beef onto a clean towel, then put the beef into the glaze on a high heat and coat the beef generously.

Step 4.
Gently open the steamed buns and add your crispy beef.

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