Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Char Siu / BBQ Pork Cupcakes

Crazy? I denied it! It is through a bit of craziness that inspired new creations. This post is 100% inspired by @mochachocolata's idea. I forgot how the topic came about but somehow we talked about the many cupcakes around town, all of them are sweet as they should be; but why can't we have char siu (BBQ Pork) cupcakes which are non-sweet? Do we still call it cupcakes then? We don't know but we like to call it Char Siu Cupcakes anyhow. The modified yoghurt-based char siu cupcakes recipe is adopted from vanilla cupcakes from Joy of Baking which is now my other source of inspiration when it comes to baking.

  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter (approx 115g)
  • 2/3 cup of sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup of flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/4 cup of plain yoghurt (approx 60ml)
  • 2 teaspoon of honey
  • 1/2 kg of char siu / BBQ pork (or more if you like)
Step 1 - dice up some char siu / BBQ pork & slice some into thin pieces for topping.

Step 2 - Mix butter and sugar together. Whisk until fluffy texture shows.

Step 3 - Add one egg at a time and mix thoroughly before adding another egg.

The batter should look something like the following and set aside.

Step 4 - mix the flour, baking powder and salt in another bowl. Preheat oven at 177C.

Step 5 - fold in the flour into the wet mixture together with the yoghurt in 3 additions when mixing / folding.

Step 6 - mix in the diced char siu / BBQ pork into the batter

Step 7 - fill muffins tray with batter and top with thinly sliced char siu / BBQ pork (in my case, thicker because I prefer to have the texture to it)

Step 8 - Baked for 20 minutes at 177 C and you have the yummy char siu cupcakes!

I like my char siu / BBQ Pork cupcakes!!! :)


Miss Fong said...

Wow, interesting concept! I think I still prefer my cupcakes chocolatey though ;)

Unknown said...

do you still have some left? hihihihhh i love love LOVE the siumei cupcakes concept

Jason said...

@Miss Fong: It is a true inspirational ideas from @mochachocolata lol ... and I love her ideas!!!

@Rita: Is that a new idea I am sensing?? A piece of Goose / Duck on top? lol

jisampedro said...

Creating new concepts, cool. Wouldn´t mind to give a try :) so I guess you are happy with the result, right? sure you have in mind another invention to come.

Jerry Aulenbach said...

Wonderful step-by-step photography and instructions. This looks delicious. Check out my maple bacon chocolate ganache cakes (aka, baconcakes):


Anonymous said...

ooo do you have any left? i wouldnt mind trying one!!!! definitely interesting concept!

Anonymous said...


cheeky angel said...

In my world, cupcakes are only sweet, but what about if they were renamed char shui/ bbq pork muffins as they're sort of savoury? But they again, as they were/ are your concoction, you ought to be allowed to call them whatever you want.

Beef No Guy said...

Nice! I thought these were store bought from Hong Kong! Yes...cha siu is the HK version of good western bacon. We've been doing honey/maple bacon with molasses cha siu for years :-D. When is cha siu flavored frozen yogurt (froyo) going to be next??

mr c said...

Crazy but good idea! I'm sure New Yorkers would eat that up! Maybe a char siu, bacon, or pork belly version a la momofuku? Gotta try out your recipe!

Jason said...

@jisampedro: you are right, I am thinking what I can make next :)

@Jerry Aulenbach: Thanks for dropping by!

Jason said...

@gastronomous: You sure you want to try? Perhaps Char Siu pancakes with icing as well? or maybe just a whole plate of char siu? lol

@gigilui: next time i am going to add even more char siu to it! :)

@cheeky angel: someone told me there are Chocolate & Bacon cupcakes topped with mash potatoes in the States. I was like ... what??? but after a quick search there are plenty similar offerings. I wonder how they will taste haha ...

Jason said...

@Beef No Guy: Char Siu flavor froyo???? Now there is an original idea ... do attempt and I will try! haha

@Pat: yeah, I heard in NYC there are places that offer Chocolate and Bacon cupcakes as well LOL

Jin said...

this is brilliant, jason! i'm sure it tasted awesome. this should be a staple in all hk bakeries! btw, i LOVE joy of baking! isn't she the coolest?

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