[Anime Culture Monday] Anime Recipe: Black Pepper Buns (Hujiao Bing) from Shokugeki no Souma San no Sara

Hey everyone, welcome to another edition of Anime Recipes! Just on the off chance that you are new to this series from Honey’s Anime, we break down delicious dish after dish that anime presents us with on a semi-weekly basis for your enjoyment to show that you can eat just like your favorite anime characters do! Each season, spring, summer, fall, and winter, has over 60 shows airing so it is very easy to find a delicious dish that we cannot wait to sink our teeth into! Today, we explore another country’s food from the perspective of Japan.

Black Pepper Buns (Hujiao Bing) from Shokugeki no Souma San no Sara (Food Wars! Season 3)

Shokugeki no Souma is back! This time around though, things are a bit different. With the Moon Festival as a massive theme this season, Chinese cuisine is going to come front and center, and boy has it ever! This time around too, the dish that we want to focus on makes its debut in Episode 2 of the third season. Today, we are going to be talking about Hujiao Bing, or Black Pepper Buns.

Hujiao Bing actually originated from the Fuzhou Region of China, but what has made it into a semi-craze has been how it has exploded in popularity in Taiwan as a food stall dish. Essentially, it is peppered and seasoned beef or pork inside of a steamed bun with chopped scallions. It is covered in sesame seeds and tastes delicious. Simple, delicious, and requires just a bit of dexterity, this is a great dish that can accompany other dishes, a drink, or be even used as a snack by itself. Once you have a bite, you are not going to be able to stop. We are even going to teach you a shortcut so that you do not have to make your own! Now then, let’s go!

What You Will Need:

freshly-made store-bought pizza dough
1 package

ground pork or beef. (We will work with pork this time)


Soy Sauce

Mirin or Rice Wine

black pepper
1 tbsp

sesame oil
1 tbsp

white pepper
1 tsp

Five-spice powder
½-1/2 tsp

White sesame seeds for garnish


chopped scallions or green onions.
1 cup

Optional Notes:

Like we said, we are going to be giving you a shortcut and that does come in handy. The trick online that we found, was that store-bought pizza dough, specifically the type that is freshly made, are the absolute best. You just need to break off the amounts that you need and bada-boom bada-bing, you have the dough without going through all of the pressure and stress to make it.

How to Cook It:

  1. 1

    First things first, you need to pull your pizza dough out of the fridge and let it sit for at least 30 minutes.
  2. 2

    Next, in a bowl, place your ground pork along with the sugar, soy sauce, mirin, black pepper, sesame oil, white pepper, and five-spice powder.
  3. 3

    Mix thoroughly until all of the spices have been mixed in the meat mixture comes together.
  4. 4

    Now that your dough has settled, it is time to roll it out flat so be sure to sprinkle flour on your counter as well as the dough itself.
  5. 5

    Next, break it apart into however many buns you would like to make. Ideally a good number with this size of a recipe is about 10-14 buns. You then want to roll each of them out to about a 5-6inch wide piece.
  6. 6

    Then, spoon some of the meat into the dough followed by a healthy portion of scallions.
  7. 7

    Now, you want to pinch the edges of the dough together while meeting in the center. This will take some work, so don’t rush it continuing to move the dough around in your hands in order to close it.
  8. 8

    Once you have done this for all of the buns, beat an egg in a shallow bowl and put the sesame seeds into another.
  9. 9

    Take the smooth part of the bun, dip it in the egg, and then into the sesame seeds.
  10. 10

    Baking time! Place the buns on a baking tray that has been coated with nonstick oil and bake at around ~200C (400F) for approximately 20 minutes. Ideally, you should cover the buns with foil as well so that the tops do not burn.
  11. 11

    Once slightly cooled, dig in!

(Note: Please be very careful to clean up after yourself once you are done. Raw meat and raw eggs can make you very sick. Wash your hands and utensils thoroughly with soap after making this. )


Final Thought

Shokugeki no Souma is back and with it, every single week, we are getting delicious recipes. Sure, there are ecchi shots, but the real winners here are our stomachs who can enjoy everything and be taken to a new plane of desire each week. Have you ever tried anything like this before or anything like Taiwanese stall food? If so, let us know! Also, be sure to let us know in the comments below and if you are interested in seeing a dish from an anime series broken down. For now, we will be glued to our screens with the delectable dishes of Shokugeki no Souma San no Sara. Until next time!

005 [Anime Culture Monday] Anime Recipe: Black Pepper Buns (Hujiao Bing) from Shokugeki no Souma San no Sara


Author: Nagareboshi

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