Make these delicious Asian bakery-style sausage / hot dogs are wrapped in soft fluffy milk buns made with tangzhong (water roux) method.
If you walk into bakery shops in Asia, chances are you will see these Chinese sausage buns. It’s one of my favorites and I often chose that when I went to a bakery shop with my dad. I love making bread/buns using tangzhong method. It’s almost like my go-to when it comes to making bread or buns. If you have not tried Chinese sausage buns wrapped with tangzhong buns, you have to try it out. Hot dog is one type of sausage and in Asia, at least where I grew up, the term hot dog and sausage are used interchangeably. But here in the U.S., hot dogs and sausages aren’t used interchangeably like that. I don’t know if it is because of sausages in the U.S. are usually shaped like round patties instead of long and lean like hot dogs? Anyway, I’m not here to argue which is what and I’m not an expert enough to do so anyway. Just so you know that the sausage here refers to hot dogs 🙂
It’s no secret anymore by now that tangzhong seriously makes soft and fluffy bread and buns. I used my favorite Hokkaido milk bread (tangzhong and autolyse method) recipe to make these sausage buns too. You can read more about what tangzhong is in that post if you are new to it. I won’t bore you again with the same discussion in this post.
HOW TO MAKE TANGZHONG CHINESE SAUSAGE BUNS
You can refer to the step-by-step process on how to make the tangzhong and the dough here. It’s the exact same steps until the first proofing.
1. After the dough is proofed for the first time and double in size, divide into 8-10 equal pieces. 8 pieces will make really large buns. I think 10 is perfect, especially if the sausage is short. Cover and let them rest before proceeding
2. Roll each ball out into a long rod shape, about 7-8 inches long.
3. Wrap the hot dog with the rod and tuck the end at the bottom and place it on a baking sheet. Repeat with the rest. Keep them covered while you are shaping the rest
4. Let the shaped dough proof again for another 40 minutes or until they are almost double in size again
5. Mix the egg with milk. Brush the top of the dough with egg wash
6. Preheat oven to 350 F and pop it into the oven (3rd rack from the top) and let them bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Move them to the cooling rack to let them cool down
HOW TO STORE
1. Let them cool down completely
2. Keep in a zipper bag or air-tight container for 2-3 days
FREEZE FOR LONGER STORAGE
I won’t recommend storing them in the fridge as it makes the bread stale faster. Here’s how to freeze them:
1. Wrap them in an aluminum foil
2. Put them in a freezer bag, push all air out, and seal the bag. Consume within 6 months for the best result
HOW TO REHEAT
1. Thaw them overnight in the fridge
2. Loosely wrap them in an aluminum foil. Reheat in preheated oven/toaster oven/air fryer at 350 F for 5 minutes or until heated through
DID YOU MAKE THIS TANGZHONG CHINESE SAUSAGE BUNS RECIPE?
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For baking/ kueh making: I highly encourage to weigh ingredients with a digital kitchen scale instead of using measuring cups as they are not very accurate especially when it comes to recipe that requires precision.GRAMS TO CUPS CONVERSION (UNSIFTED)
- 15 gr bread flour - 5 tsp
- 90 ml whole milk - 6 Tbsp
- 120 ml whole milk - 1/2 cup
- 1 large egg - lightly beaten
Ingredients to add last to the dough:
- 40 gr butter - 3 Tbsp, softened
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 2 Tbsp sugar
- 10 hot dogs
- 1 egg - beaten
- 1 tsp milk
- Place milk and the bread flour in a small saucepan. Whisk until there is no more lumps. Cook this mixture over medium heat until it is thickened, about 5 minutes or less. Remove from the heat and let it cool down completely
- Mix all the dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl. Make a well in the center and pour in the wet ingredients and the tang zhong you made earlier. Use a dough hook attachment to knead the dough until all the crumbly dough starts to come together into one mass, it may take about 2-3 minutes for this to happen. Don't be tempeted to add any liquid. You may need to stop halfway and scrap the dough off the hook and the sides of the bowl and knead again several times
- Once it comes into a dough, stop the machine. The dough will not be smooth, don't worry.Cover the dough and let it rest for 20 minutes. This is an important rest that bakers refer to as an autolyse (though in our case it's a short one. Read my post above for detail)
- After the rest, turn on and knead the dough again and knead for 1-2 minutes until it is a bit smoother. Then add the salt and sugar into the dough. Continue to knead until the dough is relatively smooth. You need to stop and scrape the dough off the hook and the bowl several times during this process. I promise it's worth the effort!
- Once you have a smooth dough, turn the machine back on again to knead and gradually add in the softened butter a bit by a bit. The dough will turn into a REAL sticky mess again because of the butter, just keep kneading and stop halfway and scrape the dough off the hook and bowl again and continue to knead until the butter is absorbed by the dough. IT WILL HAPPEN, don't worry! DO NOTbe tempted to add any extra flour. You will get a shiny smooth dough that is very elastic. I promise!
- Place this dough in a lightly oiled large bowl, cover it with a clean and damp tea cloth or plastic wrap and let it rise at a warm place for about 1 hour. It may not double in size, but it will puff up some for sure.
- Line your baking sheet with a parchment paper. Punch the dough down and divide the dough into 10 smaller doughs. Cover these doughs loosely with a plastic wrap and let them rest for 15 minutes. Make sure you don't skip this part of resing the dough before shaping
- Roll each ball out into a long rod shape, about 7-8 inches long. Wrap the hot dog with the rod and tuck the end at the bottom and place on a baking sheet. Repeat with the rest. Keep them covered while you are shaping the rest
- Let the shaped dough proof again for another 40 minutes or until they are almost double in size again. Mix the egg with milk. Brush the top of the dough with egg wash
- Preheat oven to 350 F and pop it into the oven (3rd rack from the top) and let them bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Move them to the cooling rack to let them cool down