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Zhir Ma Bao (Black Sesame Filling for Buns)

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“This was by far the most sinful and delicious of all the bun fillings I found in China. Made from rich, crunchy black sesame seeds and rock sugar, or from black sesame tahini and fine sugar for a more paste-like consistency, this desert filling is absolutely divine in the fluffy filled bun recipe.”
4-8 filled buns

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Toast sesame seeds very lightly (be careful, black sesame becomes very bitter if overtoasted.).
  2. Add 1/4 cup sugar to the boiling water, dissolve.
  3. Combine 1/4 cup remaining sugar, sesame seeds, and 1 tbs peanut oil in a blender or masher.
  4. Process or crush to desired fineness – it can be anything from a gritty paste to a smooth filling.
  5. Add the hot water and remaining 1/4 cup of sugar and the remaining 1 tbs oil during the grinding process to adjust sweetness, consistency, and smoothness to taste.
  6. NOTE: This recipe should yield a very sesame-flavored, gritty paste after 5 – 10 minutes of start-stop processing without any extras.

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