Some people sometimes ask me what kind of snack food I feed my son. My husband and I want to feed him healthy food, but it can be challenging to feed kids nutritious food. Kids like colorful and uniquely shaped food. Today, I will share one recipe that my son loves. It is called “nutritious steamed bread,” or “영양 찐빵,” in Korean. It is very colorful, pretty, and more importantly, delicious. It is a great way to introduce the taste of vegetables such as carrots and peas to your kids. My son, Bryson, is not a big fan of carrot or peas. However, when he tried the bread, he said “Hmm! This is good carrot. This is good pea.” … lol … You can also have fun making this colorful steamed bread with your kids. They will remember the precious memory with you. Of course, it can be a good dessert or snack food for adult too. 😉 Try it someday. 🙂
Yield: 9 Pieces (2×2 inch)
Short Korean Lesson
- JjinBbang (찐빵) = Steamed Bread
- YeongYang (영양) = Nutrition
Boil part of a carrot for 5 minutes on high. You will need 1 Tbsp worth of carrot.
Obtain about 2 Tbsp worth of chestnuts from a can. You can find them in a Korean or Asian grocery store.
Chop the carrot and chestnut into little pieces about the size of large peas. Obtain 1 Tbsp each of frozen peas (thawed), dried cranberries, and raisins.
Mix ⅓ cup of milk, 1 egg, 1 Tbsp sugar, and ⅛ tsp salt in a large mixing bowl. If you want a little fluffy texture to the bread, instead of a slightly chewy one, use ½ of an egg instead of 1 egg.
Whisk the egg until the sugar dissolves.
Sift 1 cup of all-purpose flour and 1 tsp baking powder into the egg mixture bowl. Sift one third the flour at a time and mix into the milk and egg before sifting more; this will help prevent lumps.
Obtain a bamboo steamer and wet cheese cloth, or some other thin cloth, for steaming. Put the cheese cloth in the steamer. Pour the batter on top and spread it around evenly. Put some cold water on your fingers before spreading the batter, in order to help prevent the batter from sticking to your fingers. In this step, start boiling the water for steaming.
Put all the main ingredient pieces on top of the batter. Make sure that everything is spread evenly. Gently push the pieces into the batter a little, so that they will not fall off after it finishes cooking.
Cover it with the lid and steam for about 12 minutes on medium-high.
Tada~~~ You have beautiful steamed bread.
To check if the bread is well done, poke the center of the bread with a toothpick, like you do for cake. If the toothpick comes out clean, it is done. 🙂
Remove the bread from the steamer by pulling on the cheese cloth. Cut the bread any way that you desire. It might be a little tricky removing the bread from the cheese cloth. It is easier if you cut it first and then remove one piece at a time.
It was very good. My son and I finished it quickly. … lol … I might try to use whole wheat flour instead of white flour to make it even healthier later. If you try it someday, please let me know how you or your kids liked it. 😉 Enjoy!