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Chinese Red Bean and Salted Egg Yolk Flaky Pastries - 豆沙咸蛋酥

Saturday, November 19, 2011 | Labels: , , , , |

I am the type who loves the salted egg yolk in mooncakes, flaky Chinese pastries and well you get the drift - so it was only fitting that I make one of my favourite Chinese pastries at home at least once right?  I was very happy with the results today as the skin was perfectly flaky and light as feather while the filling was just the right amount of sweetness from the red bean paste and savoury from the salted egg yolk.  I can't really say that these are 'easy' to make at home as everyone has a different measure of what is 'easy' or 'difficult' but I can say that this will take some time although not as long as say making classic French puff pastry.  There is only one turn involved and although this pastry involves a lamination of sorts, it is much easier as all you need to do is wrap the oil dough which will be shaped into a ball with the outer oil 'skin' instead of perfectly laminating it.  Both the oil dough and the oil 'skin' are relatively easy to handle even in humid weather like Malaysian weather but if this is your first time working with shortening, the texture may take a little getting used-to.

Chinese Flaky Pastries with Red Bean Paste & Salted Egg Yolk 豆沙咸蛋酥

You can use whatever filling you like for example, lotus paste, century eggs instead of salted egg yolks or yam paste.  For me, the highlight of these popular flaky pastries is well, the pastry itself - the hard part is getting the pastry right but then if yours truly can do it, so can anyone provided you are ready to dedicate some time and effort to it.  You can of course run out and buy these but there's a great sense of satisfaction when you realise you can actually make these in your own kitchen should you choose to, don't you think? :D So if you like classic flaky Chinese pastries, I really recommend for you to try making these at least once at home, you can have so much fun with the filling and impress your guests (and yourself).

Chinese Flaky Pastries with Red Bean Paste & Salted Egg Yolk 豆沙咸蛋酥

I hope you all have a good weekend and perhaps keep this easy recipe for one of your weekend baking projects?  These are excellent with a hot cup of Chinese tea by the way.  

For a photo tutorial for the dough, please refer my Chinese Flaky Pastries with Lotus Paste.

Notes from Jen:
1. It is quite necessary to use kitchen scales for this.
2. You will need to bake the salted egg yolks slightly in the oven before assembly, so please plan accordingly.
3. Be gentle while rolling out the dough as the dough will crack if you exert too much force.4. Using shortening makes the skin flakier while butter will be more fragrant but please note I have yet to try this recipe substituting with butter.

Makes 10 pastries


For (A)

Oil 'Skin'

45g bread flour or high protein flour
75g cake or low protein flour (or superfine flour)
1 tsp sugar
45g warm water (45 ml)
37g shortening (room temperature)

For (B)

Oil dough:

120g cake flour (low protein/ superfine)
60g shortening
2 drops of red food colouring (optional or use other colour of your choice)


1/3 cup of red bean paste (store-bought)
10 raw salted egg yolks

Chinese Flaky Pastries with Red Bean Paste & Salted Egg Yolk 豆沙咸蛋酥

For (A)

Sift bread and cake flour together.  Add the sugar to warm water and stir till sugar dissolves.  Add syrup to flour mixture and mix well.

Add shortening and knead with your hands until a smooth dough forms.  Set aside to rest for about 20 minutes (no need to place in fridge).  Note: setting aside allows the gluten in the dough to rest and this will give us a smoother dough with less 'breakage'.

For (B)

Sift cake flour into a large bowl.  Add shortening, food colouring if using and knead into a soft dough. Shape into a ball.

Flatten dough from (A) with a rolling pin and use it to wrap (B).  Seal opening and flatten with a rolling pin into a rectangle of about 1/4 inch thick.

Fold the dough like a business letter, imagine the dough as 3 parts, fold the top towards the middle portion, then the bottom portion on top of that.  Try to align the corners with a bit of dough stretching but not too much as it is not necessary to have the corners aligned perfectly.

Roll out dough again (just like doing a turn in French puff pastry), then roll flattened dough to form a roll (like rolling temaki sushi).

Slice the roll into ten roughly equal portions.  Set the slices face down.

Flatten each slice either with a small rolling pin or with your palms.

To assemble:

Bake the egg yolks in a pre-heated oven at 160C (320F) for about 2 minutes.  (Note: you can use cooked salted egg yolks if you really can't find raw ones, if so skip this step).  There is no need to turn off the oven as you will bake the pastries at the same temperature once they are wrapped.

Wrap the egg yolk with a layer of red bean paste.  How much or how little of red bean paste you use depends on your preference.  I made some with more egg yolk than red bean paste as that is how I like it so please adjust accordingly.  A rough guide is about 2 teaspoons of red bean paste to one salted egg yolk.

Wrap the pastry by bringing the edges together and sealing.  There should be no need to use eggwash or water to seal the edges as the dough should be relatively sticky (but it should be smooth).  Place the wrapped pastry onto a baking tray, flattening the bottom lightly.  Repeat with remaining pastry dough.

Bake on middle rack for about 15-20 minutes.  Allow to cool a little, serve or allow to cool completely and store in air-tight container.  These should be good for at least another day.



kelvinwu said...

Nice light! I didn't notice the tea kettle and only saw the hand in the second picture :p 

Smoky Wok (Tastes of Home) said...

Thanks, You thought it was a hand reaching out to grab the pastry then? haha

kelvinwu said...

Haha I was about to say, whats up with the hand?

Smoky Wok (Tastes of Home) said...

the hand sounds so weird, it's supposed to be pouring tea -_- haha

J said...

Mmmmm.... interesting! Will definitely try this as soon as I get my hands on some salted duck eggs! Thanks Jen!

Smoky Wok (Tastes of Home) said...

J, you can just use lotus paste if salted eggs are too 'exotic' :D

Smallkucing said...

me too like flaky pastries. Espcially the "kar liu peah" and the egg tart

Smoky Wok (Tastes of Home) said...

This pastry is easier to make than egg tarts :)

Cooking Gallery said...

Wow, your photography is getting better and better...:)!! I am totally impressed, so artistic :)!

Smoky Wok (Tastes of Home) said...

Aww thanks CG! That's so kind of you and very encouraging :) I appreciate it!

Littlecornerofmine said...

Nice!  Me too couldn't help but notice the bright red nail polish!  :D

Yi Reservation said...

This looks amazing. I love anything with salted egg yolk although I know I should eat too often. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Smoky Wok (Tastes of Home) said...

Thank you! Yes I know, salted egg is quite sinful but once in a while is fine :)

Smoky Wok (Tastes of Home) said...

Thanks! haha, it was bright pink but yeah trying some different stuff now and then in my photos :)

Shuhan said...

that looks so impressive! actually, as a kid i didn't like salted yolk. but, as with many of my fave foods now, I grew to like it (:

Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

Jen...guess what, I think I have your chopsticks!  LOL!  The color seems a little different but could be from your photo edit. Design is similar!  We should go plates and bowls shopping - I know I'll have fun shopping with you!  Now this recipe, I think I tried eating once.  I didn't like it because I didn't grow up with that saltiness.  It was so strong.  But it looks beautiful though! ;-)

Smoky Wok (Tastes of Home) said...

Nami, really? hahah I bought ordered those chopsticks online from Korea haha. Yes, definitely! We will have so much fun shopping for props :) Yeah, salted eggs take some getting used to..I like it here because it is balanced by the sweetness from the red bean paste. Thanks :)

Amy Tong said...

Just found out your blog through the DMBLGiT entry.  :)  I love your photography!  Best of luck in the contest.  I'm going to browse around your blog now.  I'm drooling over your red bean and salted egg pastry!  

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