How to Make Mantou Chinese Steamed Buns – 8 easy Steps

Mantousare soft, puffy and fluffy homemade Mantou Chinese Steamed Buns that are easy to make.  You can partner them with a nice bowl of hot noodles or egg soup.  Or you can break them horizontally just like a hamburger and put savory fillings or spread inside.

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Ingredients of Chinese Steamed Buns

  • 3 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp. of yeast
  • ¾ cup of warm water or milk
  • ¼ cup of vegetable oil

Directions to make Chinese Steamed Buns

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Chinese dumplings(steamed stuff bun) being steamed on the traditional bamboo pan
  1. Whisk together the flour, sugar and yeast in a big bowl of water (or milk), then add vegetable oil.
  2. Make a hole in the middle of the mixture and add warm water (or milk) gradually. Mix together and form a ball of dough (you can either use your hands or a stand mixer with the hook attachment).
  3. Once the dough is formed, knead it for about 15-20 minutes. Set aside in a clean bowl, cover it with a clean towel and let it rise for 3 hours.  Remember to put the bowl in a warm place to activate the yeast.
  4. After the dough has risen, divide the dough into 6 equal parts and form balls out of them.
  5. Place each ball on its own square baking paper.
  6. Let the balls sit again for about 20-40 minutes for them to rise more.
  7. Put the buns into a steamer and steam within 20 minutes or until they are puffy and cooked.
  8. You can also put them aside in your fridge and reheat them for 2-3 minutes before serving.

Time and Serving

  • Preparation : 3.5 hours
  • Cooking : 20 minutes
  • Serving : makes 6 buns
easy make Chinese Steamed Buns
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