close up chicken bao bun with spicy honey glaze

Make Your Own Steamed Bao Buns at Home

Steamed buns are trending for a reason. These buns are not only soft but melt in your mouth and can be filled with any combo for a great fake away meal.

What’s Inside:

Crispy chicken bites with a spicy honey glaze, and Coffee Rubbed Airfryer Pork Belly (recipe coming soon) with Maple Sriracha Glaze. Each bun is topped with toasted sesame seeds and fresh cilantro.

This recipe is a combination from the Vegan Short Rib Bao Buns and a few updated ingredients inspired by @thegrubworkskitchen from tiktok.

Recommendations

Here is a few recipes used to make the fillings:

Ingredients

A Few key ingredients make these buns:

  • All Purpose Flour
  • Cornflour (Cornstarch)
  • Active rise yeast
  • Salt
  • Granulated sugar
  • Luke warm water
holding bao buns

How to Make the Dough

Make the dough by hand or in a stand mixer with a dough hook. Without a doubt, hand made will take slightly longer to knead, however this is a small batch and there is no risk of over-mixing with this method.

Tips:

  • Mix the dry ingredients together until well incorporated.
  • The water needs to be warm in order to activate the yeast so it can rise.
  • Importantly, incorporate the water in batches to avoid making the dough too wet.
  • The dough will be sticky. Add 1 tbsp of flour at a time while kneading until the dough is less sticky and has less bounce back to the touch.
  • Also, make sure to place the dough in a greased bowl and cover with clingfilm then a towel or in a warm spot.
pork belly bao buns and crispy chicken bao buns

Storing Unsused Bao Buns

Freeze raw buns for a few months in an airtight container or sealed freezer bag. Alternatively, store cooked bao in the fridge for 3 days, however I strongly suggest eating right away to avoid dry buns.

To sum things up, steamed buns are fairly easy to try to make at home. Try with friends for your next get together and fill them with sweet or savoury ingredients.

Drop a comment blow and let me know what you think. If you decide to make any of my recipes leave me a comment or tag me on Instagram @myeagereats or hashtag #myeatereats .

I’d Love to hear from you!

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These Homemade Steamed Bao Buns are soft and slightly sweet making them the perfect bun for savoury or sweet treats.

close up pork belly and crispy chicken bao buns

 

Yields12 Servings
Prep Time1 hrCook Time10 minsTotal Time1 hr 10 mins

 300 g All Purpose Flour
 120 g Cornflour
 2 ½ tsp Baking powder
 70 g Yeast (1 packet)
 60 g Granulated Sugar
 1 tsp Salt
 2 tbsp Vegetable oil
 ¾ cup Warm water

1

Add all of the dry ingredients to one bowl and mix well. Slowly pour in the water until the dough forms.

On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough for 7 -10 minutes or until a smooth ball forms and bounces back to the touch. Place into a greased bowl, cover with cling film and a towel then allow to rise for 1 hour.

2

Once the dough has doubled in size, punch down and and turn onto a lightly floured surface. Roll out the dough into a large rectangle then use any circular shape to cut out rounds.

Place the individual rounds onto parchment sheets. Use a little vegetable oil to brush onto the surface of the circles before folding into halves. Cover with cling film and allow to rise again for another 30 minutes.

3

Take a large pot and place a vegetable steaming basket inside. Fill with water just under the surface of the basket and put the stove on medium high heat.

When the pot starts to steam place a few of the buns inside place the lid on and steam for 5 - 6 minutes. Remove and repeat the process until all the buns have steamed.

This recipe makes at least 1 dozen.

Ingredients

 300 g All Purpose Flour
 120 g Cornflour
 2 ½ tsp Baking powder
 70 g Yeast (1 packet)
 60 g Granulated Sugar
 1 tsp Salt
 2 tbsp Vegetable oil
 ¾ cup Warm water

Directions

1

Add all of the dry ingredients to one bowl and mix well. Slowly pour in the water until the dough forms.

On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough for 7 -10 minutes or until a smooth ball forms and bounces back to the touch. Place into a greased bowl, cover with cling film and a towel then allow to rise for 1 hour.

2

Once the dough has doubled in size, punch down and and turn onto a lightly floured surface. Roll out the dough into a large rectangle then use any circular shape to cut out rounds.

Place the individual rounds onto parchment sheets. Use a little vegetable oil to brush onto the surface of the circles before folding into halves. Cover with cling film and allow to rise again for another 30 minutes.

3

Take a large pot and place a vegetable steaming basket inside. Fill with water just under the surface of the basket and put the stove on medium high heat.

When the pot starts to steam place a few of the buns inside place the lid on and steam for 5 - 6 minutes. Remove and repeat the process until all the buns have steamed.

This recipe makes at least 1 dozen.

Homemade Steamed Bao Buns

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