Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Stuffed Puff Pastry - Banh Pate so

Probably, one of the most popular appetizers at a Vietnamese wedding would be these puff pastries also known as Banh Pate So. That's when I normally get the pleasure of eating them. They are so delicious and so easy to make. It's the perfect breakfast so I decided to whip some up this past weekend. Here is my version.

Stuffed Puff Pastry
1 egg
1 package of puff pastry (I used pepperidge farm 2 sheets per package)

Meat Mixture
1/2 lb ground lean pork
1/4 onion, chopped
1/4 cup black fungus, soaked for 10 min, rinsed and finely chopped
1 tbsp oyster sauce
pinch of salt
pinch of sugar
pinch of pepper


Preheat oven 350 degrees F. Thaw your puff pastry. Prepare the meat mixture by combining all the ingredients.

Cut the puff pastry. Generally Banh Pate So is round, but I decided to make them into squares. I cut each puff pastry sheet into about 12 squares.

Add the meat filling to one square.

Top with another square and use your fingers, a fork or chopstick to pinch the sides shut.

Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Brush with egg yolk wash (1 egg beaten with a tbsp of water). This makes the top golden brown.

Bake for 20-25 minutes.

Serve hot. It is so good.

A perfect surprise hidden inside.


  1. looks delicious! what is black fungus? is that like mushroom?

  2. I have a picture of the packaging here: http://craftyc0rn3r.blogspot.com/2012/01/vietnamese-steam-buns-banh-bao.html. Black fungus is a dried mushroom that is also known as wood ear mushrooms. Sometimes you can also buy it pre cut where you don't have to chop, but you do still have to soak to soften. It's typically found in the Asian grocery store with dried ingredients for less than a dollar a bag.


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