Celebrate Lunar New Year With School of Wok
How to make School of Wok’s Vegetarian BBQ Tofu Bao Buns at home!
Today, Friday 12th February, marks the Lunar New Year - an East Asian festival that celebrates the first New Moon of the lunisolar calendars.
With traditional Lunar New Year celebrations usually lasting around 15 days, involving huge family feasts and beautiful lantern displays, this year those choosing to celebrate this festival will have to opt for a more low-key way to recognise the holiday.
If you’re currently isolating in the UK and still want to acknowledge this magical period, we recommend having an Asian style cooking class at home from School of Wok. Just grab one of their cooking kits and get stuck in!
Who are School of Wok?
Founded by Jeremy Pang in 2009, School of Wok are an Asian-inspired cookery school based in central London. They offer a variety of classes for young chefs (both in person, and virtually), as well as a number of delicious at-home cooking kits.
With these classes currently not taking place (thanks, Covid) their at-home kits are an ideal way to cook up a storm in the kitchen and have fun whilst doing it - it really feels as though Jeremy is teaching you how to cook from the comfort of your own kitchen.
Our personal favourite School of Wok recipe is the BBQ Tofu Bao! Just grab yourself a School of Wok Barbecue Bao Bun Kit and then follow their recipe for the best bao buns in the game!
Jeremy Pang’s BBQ Tofu Bao Buns
You will need...
1. School of Wok Barbecue Bao Bun Kit
2. Cucumber/other crunchy veg
3. 110ml warm water
4. 180ml cold water
5. 1 block firm tofu
6. Cooking oil
How to make…
1. Start by pouring the bao bun flour mix into a large mixing bowl. Remove roughly one tablespoon of the flour and put it to one side (for dusting later on).
2. Next, slowly start to add 110ml of warm water to your flour mix, stirring it as you go.
3. Once that’s done, using the palm of your hand, start to need the mixture to ensure all the flour and water has combined - this should form a smooth, stretchy dough.
4. Then, place the dough into a large bowl, cover it in cling film and set it aside for 10 minutes whilst you prep your bao filling.
5. Finely chop your cucumber (or other crunch veg) and place in a small bowl with the pickling salts before adding 40ml of cold water. Mix these ingredients together and set aside.
6. Next, Take your tofu and chop it in half, and then into 0.5cm thick slices. In a bowl, add your tofu slices and coat them in the dry rub - be careful when doing this so you don’t break your tofu pieces.
7. Then, in a separate bowl, mix the BBQ glaze with around 140ml of cold water.
8. Next, grab your bao bun dough, roll it into a cylinder shape and then cut it into 6 equal sized pieces. Using your hands, roll these pieces into a ball shape before flattening them with a rolling pin - they should now be an oval shape.
9. Add a brush of oil onto the center of each piece and then fold it over onto itself before placing the buns into your steamer (if you don’t have a steamer, you can watch Jeremy’s video on How To Steam Without A Bamboo Steamer). Place your steamer over a wok of boiling water and leave the buns to steam for around 8 mins.
10. Whilst your buns are busy it’s time to cook the tofu! In a frying pan, add a drizzle of oil and gently place your tofu slices on top. On a med-high heat, leave them to fry until golden brown on the bottom, then flip them over and do the same on the other side.
11. Once the tofu is nice and crisp on both sides, pour over your BBQ glaze and leave to sizzle for a couple of minutes before taking them off the heat.
12. Finally, it’s time to assemble your buns! Take the buns out of the steamer, place a couple of pieces of the tofu inside, along with a few slices of the pickled cucumber and (most importantly) ENJOY!
Make sure to check out the School of Wok YouTube Channel for more recipes and tips from Jeremy himself!
Don’t forget to get your hands on one of the School of Wok Bao Bun Kits from our website, along with a wide range of products to suit various dietary requirements!
We hope you enjoy the Bao Buns, and Happy Lunar New Year!