Salted Egg Pastry ~ 'Harm Tarn Sou'

Sokehah Cheah | 10:00 AM | | | |


This is my second attempt at making this pastry and I was elated when I finally got it right after making some drastic adjustments to the first recipe. 





I wouldn't call this perfect but at least this time around it was up to my expectation.  Upon cutting it up, I was so happy to see the layers of pastry.  They were indeed crispy and stayed that way for the next two days ...... I got it!


Wrap up water dough with the oil dough.
Roll flat, then roll up like a swiss roll, turn it 90 deg and roll again.
Wrap up with the red bean paste and  salted egg yolk.  Apply egg glaze, sprinkle on some almond flakes and into the oven they go .........


After baking and cooling on the wire rack ...............





This is perfect with a cup of hot Chinese tea ........ Mmm!  Not too difficult to make, here's how ...

Water dough
  • 160 gm plain flour - sifted
  • 1 Tbsp or 10 gm caster sugar
  • 1/4 tsp golden syrup
  • 40 gm shortening
  • 50 ml water
  • 1/8  tsp salt
Oil dough
  • 130 gm plain flour - sifted
  • 60 gm shortening
Filling
  • 190 to 200 gm red bean paste or lotus paste
  • 2 salted egg yolks, washed and steamed with a dash of sesame oil
Egg glaze  - 1 egg yolk + 1 Tbsp water + a pinch of salt

Decoration  - Almond flakes/sesame seeds/pumpkin seeds

Method for water dough
  1. In a mixing bowl, mix the sifted flour with the sugar and salt.  Add in golden syrup and shortening.  Mix till well combined.
  2. Slowly add in the water and knead to a soft dough till it doesn't stick to the hands.
  3. Let dough rest for 30 mins,, covered with a damp cloth.
Method for oil dough
  1. Mix the sifted flour and shortening, knead to a soft dough till it doesn't stick to the hands.
  2. Let dough rest for 30 mins., covered with a damp cloth.
Preparing the Filling

Meanwhile, rinse the salted egg yolks, add in a dash of sesame oil and steam for 2 mins.  Leave aside to cool and once cooled, cut into quarters, i.e. 8 quarters.
Weigh out 8 portions of bean paste, 20 gm each.  Wrap a portion of  egg yolk in it and lightly roll to form a ball.  Repeat process for the other portions.

Assembling the pastry
  1. Divide water dough into 30gm each, form into a ball.
  2. Likewise, divide oil dough into 20 gm each, form into a ball.
  3. Flatten the water dough a bit, put in the oil dough and wrap it up and form  into a ball.
  4. Roll out a piece of dough into an oblong and roll up like a swiss roll.  Give it a 90 deg turn, roll out again and roll up into a roll.
  5. Flatten the roll lightly into a round and place a ball of paste in the centre, wrap it up and place seams down onto a lightly greased baking sheet.  Repeat the process for the rest of the dough.  (Do keep the rest of the dough covered while waiting for their turn, to prevent them from drying up).
  6. Apply egg glaze, twice, sprinkle on some almond flakes.
  7. Bake in preheated oven @ 180 deg C for 25 to 30 mins. or till golden brown.
  8. Remove from oven and let cool on wire rack.
  9. Yields 9 pastries
Note:  As I managed to get 9 pieces of dough, the odd one is without egg yolk, so I used 30 gm of bean paste.


16 comments:

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  1. Nicely done and oooh... I can taste the sweet and salty flavour. A good combo!

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  2. Look very professional! Just like the ones in the shops! well done!

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  3. Look at the layers! Looks crumbly and delicious!

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  4. Cheah..you have me drooling and salivating ! hungry too ! Nice one and I want to make this too :) Thanks for the recipe :)

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  5. busygran
    Thanks. Quite a lot of work and as I've said the first attempt was a disaster!

    Zoe
    Thanks, but quite up to that std. yet!

    Jeannie
    Thanks. I kind of like Chinese pastries especially with the salted egg, but then must discipline myself.

    Elin
    You are welcome. Go ahead and try making it!

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  6. Oh YUm! I can only have one of these. Too rich but so good.

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  7. cheah, i really love seeing the layering in the pastry..this is really nice!

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  8. So nicely done Cheah. Can see all the layering on the pastry. I might try this out soon but minus the harm tan since I don't fancy harm tan on sweet stuff. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Wow, looks so good !! Just like those sold in Sun Eng Heong. You know where's that? :)

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  10. Penny
    Yes, it' rich but then it's only once in a long while!

    Lena
    Thanks for compliments!

    ICook4Fun
    You are most welcome!

    Weng
    No idea where's Sun Eng Heong in Ipoh.

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  11. nicely baked, looks so tempting especially the flaky layers!

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  12. Flaky, crispy and gorgeous pastry!

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  13. I'm returning to make the comment. My computer hang half way just now. Cheah, well done! You're getting there like a pro, making this kind of layer skin dough. Very beautifully done. Bravo! Hope you're having a wonderful evening.
    Kristy

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  14. Jess
    Thank you!

    Sanjeeta kk
    Yes, the flaky pastry is yummy!

    Kristy
    Not quite a pro. Still there's room for improvement!

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  15. red bean past bliss! Beautifully done :)

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  16. Well done! The pastry looks so flaky!

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