Sweet and Sticky Fable Bao

Our take on classic Chinese street food – soft, fluffy baos filled with juicy, sweet and sticky Fable.

30 Jun, 2020 | Recipes | 0 comments

Preparation Time: 25 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Serves: 6


6-8 bao buns (available pre-made in various sizes at most Asian grocery stores).

Sweet and sticky Fable Bao filling

  • 250g Fable
  • 1 nugget of ginger (size of two thumbs), sliced into match sticks
  • 2 tsp Chinese Five Spice
  • 2 tbsp King Brand Vegetarian Mushroom Oyster Sauce
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp tomato sauce/ ketchup
  • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 3 tbsp Xiao Xing Chinese cooking wine
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp oil 

Carrot and Daikon Pickles

  • 1 carrot, julienned
  • 50g daikon, julienned
  • 200ml white vinegar
  • 200ml of warm water
  • 2 tsp of sugar


  • Spring onion, sliced into thin strips
  • Coriander leaves
  • Sesame seeds
  • Fresh chili, sliced


  1. Combine all ingredients for carrot and daikon pickles into a bowl and set aside. When ready to assemble buns, remove pickles from liquid. 
  2. Excluding Fable, honey and oil, combine all other ingredients for the sweet and sticky filling in a jug or bowl. Mix well to incorporate. 
  3. Heat oil in pan and add Fable when hot. Fry until Fable starts to brown – around 5 minutes, using a wooden spoon, press down and agitate Fable into smaller parts. 
  4. Add bao filling sauce mixture to the pan with Fable, stirring to coat Fable evenly. Cook for 3 minutes and then stir honey through the mixture and continue until sauce thickens and caramelises, another 3-5 minutes.  
  5. Heat bao buns according to packet instructions.
  6. Once warmed, assemble bao by first adding sweet and sticky Fable filling and then carrot and daikon pickles. Garnish with spring onion, coriander, fresh chilli and a sprinkle of sesame seeds.


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