Steamed Buns. Chinese steamed buns can be stuffed with various types of fillings or unstuffed. This is a traditional Chinese knife cutting steamed buns (Mantou) recipe with two rising processes. Follow this recipe carefully and you will be rewarded with these delicate, filling-free Chinese steamed buns.
Folk etymology connects the name mantou to a tale about Zhuge Liang. Traditional Chinese steamed buns or mantou (馒头) is one of the most popular steamed bun recipes in Chinese food. In this post, you are going to learn the easiest way to make homemade steamed. You can have Steamed Buns using 27 ingredients and 8 steps. Here is how you achieve that.
Ingredients of Steamed Buns
- It’s of A. For the buns.
- It’s 265 ml of water.
- You need 25 ml of vegetable/corn oil.
- You need 50 g of sugar (1/4 c).
- It’s 500 g of any low protein flour (7-9%).
- Prepare 1 1/4 tsp of double acting baking powder.
- It’s 1 1/4 tsp of dry instant yeast.
- You need of B. Filling 1 – vegetarian.
- You need 400 g of bok choy – finely chopped.
- It’s of (Mix with 1/4 tsp of fine salt).
- Prepare 100 g of fresh shiitake mushrooms.
- You need of (Washed. Drained. Finely chopped).
- It’s 1 tbsp of soy sauce.
- Prepare 3 tbsp of sesame oil.
- Prepare Dash of ground white pepper.
- You need to taste of Salt or chicken cube/granules.
- It’s of B. Filling 2 – chicken char siu.
- Prepare 350 g of (or more) chopped chicken char siu.
- You need of (Char Siu recipe on previous post).
- You need 3 tbsp of finely chopped yellow onion.
- It’s 3 tbsp of cooking oil.
- You need 3 tbsp of oyster sauce.
- It’s 3 tbsp of corn flour + 3 tbsp water.
- Prepare 2 tbsp of castor sugar.
- Prepare 2 tbsp of chinese cooking wine.
- You need 1 tbsp of sesame oil.
- You need 1 tbsp of dark soy sauce (or 2 tbsp – adjust).
Steamed buns tend to go firm and hard when they are cold. To regain their softness and fluffiness, you can simply reheat them in the steamer. Reheat refrigerated steamed buns by steaming or microwaving. Frozen steamed buns can be re-steamed.
Steamed Buns instructions
- A. For the buns – Place ingredients in A (according to the order listed) into a bread maker. Use dough setting to knead & proof the dough. Note: this recipe here uses chicken char siu as filling; authentic taste of hawkers/restaurants steamed buns..
- If Bread Maker is Not Available, knead dough by hand. Combine flour, baking powder, yeast, sugar in a large mixing bowl. Whisk dry ingredients until well mixed. Make a well in the flour mixture, add water & oil. Mix well & knead to form a dough. Transfer dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until an elastic and smooth dough is formed (around 15-20mins). Then let rise for 1 hour..
- B. Filling 1. Vegetarian – combine the finely chopped bok choy with 1/4 tsp of salt. Allow to sit for 15mins at room temperature. Then divide it into 3-4 batches. Place each batch in the middle of a large muslin cloth & squeeze out its water content. Discard water or use this Pok choy water can be used to make green buns. Repeat the same with the remaining portions of the bok choy. Mix the rest of the filling ingredients into the squeezed bok choy until combined. Set aside..
- B. Filling 2. chicken char siu – in a frying pan, heat up cooking oil, sauté the onion until fragrant. Add chopped char siu & stir fry for 1-2mins until well mixed. Add in cooking wine, oyster sauce, sesame oil, sugar, dark soy sauce. Stir to mix for few minutes. Add corn flour mixture. Mix until well combined and all turn thick & sticky. Taste filling & adjust accordingly but do not worry about strong seasoning as buns are plain in taste..
- Note: this recipe yields 16 small buns. When the dough is ready, divide into 16 portions. Each weighing around 50g. Flatten each dough. Wrap 1-2 tbsp of filling inside each rolled dough. Repeat the rolling & wrapping steps with the rest of the dough & filling. wrap each bun up neatly & lightly shape/roll into round ball. Avoid pressing buns hard when rolling them into smooth balls. Place each bun on each paper cup liner or a small piece of baking paper with its seam sides down..
- Rest the buns in warm mist for 40mins or until the dough look puffy..
- In the meantime, prepare the steamer- set water to boil for steaming later. Steam bun over medium heat for abt 15-20mins until done. The steaming time varies if multiple layers of buns are steamed. The layer that is closest to direct steam will take lesser time to cook (around 15mins). When ready, remove the buns from the steamer & serve warm..
- Left over can be refrigerated or kept in the freezer with cling wrap & cover. Allow buns to cool completely at room temperature before freezing. Wrap each bun in small bag before storing in the freezer. To consume, steam until hot & serve. Alternatively, refrigerated buns can also be microwaved for 15-30sec..
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