1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch, whisked with 1 tablespoon cold water
Pinch ground white pepper
4 to 6 large bao buns, steamed, or soft sandwich buns
Spicy Shrimp and Ground Beef Buns:
1 ounce dried shrimp
5 or 6 small dried Chinese (shiitake) mushrooms
1 tablespoon peanut oil
1 ounce smoked bacon or pancetta, finely diced
1 shallot, smashed and finely diced
8 ounces ground beef
4 ounces shredded bamboo shoots, drained and diced
1 jalapeno, stemmed and finely diced
1 green pepper, seeded and diced
1 to 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
1 teaspoon dark soy sauce
1 tablespoon Shaoshing rice wine
6 pickled cornichons, finely sliced, for serving
Chili oil, optional, for serving
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, for serving
1 tablespoon finely chopped peanuts mixed with 2 tablespoons sugar, optional, for serving
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