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Friday, October 15, 2010

Mini Manapuas

Lately Kailani has taken a liking to char siu - Chinese barbequed pork. I figured I'd better find a recipe and start cooking some at home! Then I remembered while living in Virginia a friend sending me an awesome care package from Hawaii with all of my favorite local-kine snacks. She also included a recipe for manapua (barbeque pork filled buns) and the spices to make them. Ahhhhh! Steamed/baked buns with char sui filling! I decided to make them tonight for my girls. I knew they would love it!  

Yummy! Or "ono" as we say in Hawaii! They are small....but a little bigger than a donut hole. Check them out in Momo's hands:

If you are seeking an easy manapua recipe here's the one I used: 

Mini Manapua

1/2 lb. ground pork or hamburger
1/4 c. chopped green onion
    1/4 c. minced water chestnuts
    2-3 tbsp. char siu powder mix:
    2 cans refrigerator buttermilk biscuits

Brown ground pork or beef; add water chestnuts and char siu powder. Add green onions and turn off heat.  Drain oil and let cool.

Flatten biscuit in your hand to create a 2 inch round circle. Place a heaping teaspoon of filling in center of biscuit. Pinch edges of biscuit closed and place on waxed paper.

(Optional: place a dot of red food coloring on the top of each manapua.)

Bake for 10-12 minutes in 350 degree oven or steam for 15 minutes in steamer. Makes 20 manapuas.

How did the girls like them? Well, honestly......Momo wouldn't eat one (because I also made chow funn noodles, which she loves) and Kailani only ate the breaded part of the manapua. ARRRRGH. Eight-year olds....I swear!


  1. we're going for dim sum for the first time tomorrow. if the jellybean likes the pork buns, i'm totally going to be making these at home!

  2. They remind me of pork boa..I love those. Thanks for the recipe I am defiantly making these! They would be perfect for the bento's since their so small..yummy!


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