Asian Bread Making Technique (Soft Chinese / Japanese Bread)

Tang Zhong/Water Roux Japanese bread making.

Cooking with Alison

Japanese and Chinese breads are well known and loved because they are deliciously soft and fluffy.  When Yvonne Chen published The 65 C Bread Doctor, she made the water roux method (tang zhong) very popular.  I tried two other highly rated asian bread recipes before attempting this and the water roux method (tang zhong) was, by far, the best.  My family absolutely loved it.  This results in bread very similar to those sold in Hong Kong (Cantonese/Chinese) bakeries.  By changing the way you shape the bread and by adding various ingredients, you can use this as your base for all sorts of buns and breads.  For example, see my instructions for Chinese bakery hot dog buns here.

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