I am always complaining about ‘my supermarket’. It is the closest to where I live, and it offers a very strange variety of things. The most annoying thing to me is that it is always a surprise. Sometimes this is very nice, you will find a new product and get to try that, which is great. But most times it is very annoying. I’m mostly going to the supermarket already thinking of what I am going to make, and if they are suddenly out of the ingredient you wanted, it’s very sad.
This is the reason that a lot of times I take my bike and I go to another supermarket a little bit further away (you know, when it’s not raining). It’s keeping me sane, although I am still dreaming of a beautiful farmers market opening close to my apartment. This recipe calls for a vegetable that can be harder to find, depending on where you live. It’s called broccolini, although it can also be sold as sprouting broccoli. It’s a hybrid between broccoli and Chinese kale. You can recognise it easily though, because broccolini looks like broccoli had a baby.
It is high in vitamin C, which is good for your immune system, which is why steaming this little thing is a good idea: it keeps the vitamins, but also gives it a crisper taste than boiling would. We added broccolini to this recipe, because we were using the steamer already. We wanted to make some quick and easy steamed buns. If you have troubles finding it, you can substitute it for normal broccoli, just slice it into small pieces.
We used two bamboo steamers, which are very easy to use. Just bring a pan of water to boil and place both the steamers on top of each other on the pan of boiling water and close the lid (because the veggies will leak, make sure that one is underneath).
± 7 buns
1 can coconut milk (400 gram)
400 gram flour
2 tsp baking powder
Optional topping: 1 tbsp sesame seeds
Bring water to boil. Add the coconut milk, flour and baking powder to a bowl and mix. Divide the mix into 7 cupcake liners and place them into a steamer and place on top of the boiling water. Top with sesame seeds and close the steamer.
Steam for 15 minutes.
150 gram broccolini
2 big cabbage leafs
200 gram mushrooms
3 tbsp hoisin sauce
Meanwhile slice the vegetables and mix them with the hoisin sauce, add to a separate steamer (or, if you have just one, wait until the buns are finished) and place underneath the steamer with the buns.
Steam for 5 minutes.
Sliced cucumber and carrots
roasted sesame seeds