lao po bing recipe, please!

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Posted on 06/15/2009 by lanyatheana
This is pretty huge. I need to impress my boyfriend's traditionalist Chinese mother.

She's going to be visiting next month, and I really want to wow her with something. He told me that her favourite sweet thing is lao po bing (also known as "wife's biscuits/cakes"?) I think I can totally master it and blow her completely out of the water... but I'm having issues finding a recipe that isn't really vague. I realize that asking here is a shot in the dark even, but I figured I'd try. xD

tl;dr: B3-- anyone have a *traditional* lao po bing recipe? And I mean, traditional! Nothing fancy and modern or any stuff like that. Haha. I cannot mess this up. 
shirogirl 16th-Jun-2009 03:59 am (UTC)
I was so confused at first because we say it "Lo Paw Bang" in our house lol.

I pulled up this recipe online and everything looks right

250 g winter melon, strips, candied, chopped
60 g sesame seeds, toasted
65 g caster sugar
80 g glutinous-rice flour, cooked (koh fun)
120 ml water
2 tablespoons oil
150 g high-protein flour, sifted
150 g plain flour
2 tablespoons caster sugar
1 tablespoon golden syrup
100 g shortening
1/4 teaspoon vanilla essence
150 ml water
120 g plain flour, sifted
100 g shortening
1 egg, beaten with 1/8 tsp salt
1Preheat oven at 180°C.
2Mix filling ingredients. Divide into 60g portions.
3Mix water dough ingredients. Set aside for 1/2 hour. Divide into as many pieces as there are filling portions.
4Mix flour and shortening. Place in plastic wrap and place in fridge for 1/2 hour. Divide into portions also.
5Wrap oil dough in water dough. Roll flat into round pieces.
6Place filling in dough and flatten. Brush egg glaze.
7Place cakes on greased cookie sheet and bake at 180C for 20-25 minutes.
iscreamdays 16th-Jun-2009 12:54 pm (UTC)
mandarin -> cantonese ;)
lanyatheana 16th-Jun-2009 05:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks a bunch, this sounds a lot like what he said it should be. :D
shirogirl 16th-Jun-2009 04:01 am (UTC)
P.S. Good luck with the mother in law! It's been 7 years and I still can't impress mine LOL
euryale 16th-Jun-2009 04:04 am (UTC)
maybe you can try this recipe i found from here. for the candied winter melon you could try an asian supermarket. Good luck with the traditional Chinese mother! i know what it's like. ;)


Water dough
100g cake flour
25g icing sugar
25g butter (cubed) or shortening or margarine or lard
40g water

Oil Dough
100g cake flour
45g - 50g shortening or lard
50g Candied winter melon (chopped to bite size)
55g - 60g fine granulated sugar
70g commercialized cooked glutinous rice flour (Koh Fun)
18g shortening
15g roasted white sesame seeds
12g dessicated coconut
120g boiled drinking water (at room temp)
Egg wash

1 yolk + 1 tsp water + pinch of salt


Put all ingredients into a big bowl, mix till well combined.
Divide filling into 12 equal portions.
Water dough:
Rub butter into sieved flour and icing sugar till bread crumb state.
Add in water till a pliable dough is formed.
Cling wrap dough and rest for 30 - 45 minutes.
Divide dough into 12 equal portions.

Oil dough:
Rub shortening into flour till well mixed.
Cling wrap and leave it aside to rest for 30 - 45 minutes.
Divide dough into 12 equal portions.
Flatten a piece of water dough and wrap in the oil dough.

Press and roll out dough into a longish flat piece with a rolling pin.
Roll it up Swiss roll-style.
Turn the dough 90 degrees and then roll it into a longish flat piece.
Roll it up Swiss roll-style again.
Pinch the 2 side edges and shape it into a flat circular shape.
Put a piece of filling in the centre of the dough and wrapped it.
Flatten it and make 2 snips into the dough using a pair of scissors.
Apply egg wash.
Bake in a preheated oven at 200°C for 20–25 minutes or until golden brown.
lanyatheana 16th-Jun-2009 05:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'll definitely add this to the "to try" pile! :D
thirdbase 16th-Jun-2009 11:33 am (UTC)
maybe also try presenting her with something traditional in your family?

My grandmother made her mother-in-law's special cookies one time and the mother-in-law came over that day for coffee. My grandmother put them out but Gramma wouldn't eat them. My grandmother then told her that Anna from next door had brought them over, but that my grandmother didn't think they were quite as good, what did Gramma think? My grandmother never made those cookies again until after Gramma died.

Just remember that even if you secretly stole her La Po Bing from her kitchen and served it to her, it's not going to taste as good as hers :)

I'd try it, out of respect, and then try sharing something of yours with her? Good luck!!
ms_insecure 16th-Jun-2009 01:43 pm (UTC)
I agree with this comment. You should attempt this recipe as a sign of respect for her culture and tradition, but also make something of your own to put at the table as a way of embracing her and welcoming her...or if all else fails, make a batch of the stuff, and have a 2nd set of ingredients and ask her to help you make them if she wasn't impressed so that yall can bond and she can feel all superior by showing you the right method and so forth.

Goodluck doll!
lanyatheana 16th-Jun-2009 04:59 pm (UTC)
Oh, she doesn't cook. Which is why me being able to cook makes her very happy. I just want to prove myself as being a good cook, if that makes sense.

But thanks!
loucheroo 17th-Jun-2009 12:24 am (UTC)
I haven't got a recipe (though I looove wifey cakes!), but if it works out well and isn't horribly difficult, please let me know -- i, too, am always looking for ways to respect and impress my traditional Cantonese in laws...

Good luck!!
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