Simple and Delicious Steamed Bun Recipe

Steamed buns, or mantou in Chinese, are not only popular in China but also in many countries around the world. They are a simple dough made from flour, yeast, and water, steamed to perfection. Steamed buns are versatile, and you can fill them with your favoritesavory or sweet fillings. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced cook, making your steamed buns at home is easy and saves you money. In this blog post, you’ll learn how to make delicious and fluffy steamed bun recipe in a few simple steps.


2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tbsp active dry yeast

1/4 cup sugar or honey

1/2 cup warm water

1/4 cup vegetable oil


In a large mixing bowl, mix together the flour, yeast, and sugar.

Add the warm water and vegetable oil, and mix until the dough comes together.

Knead the dough on a floured surface for several minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic.

Place the dough into a greased bowl, cover with a damp towel or plastic wrap, and let it rise in a warm place for at least 1 hour or until the dough doubles in size.

Punch down the dough and divide it into 8-10 equal portions.

Roll out each portion into a circle, about 3 inches in diameter.

Place a spoonful of your preferred filling in the center of the circle.

Pleat the edges of the circle over the filling and twist the top to seal.

Repeat the process until you’ve used up all the dough and filling.

Place the buns on a steamer basket lined with parchment paper, leaving some space between them to allow for expansion.

Let the buns rest for another 10-15 minutes before steaming.

Steam the buns over high heat for 15-20 minutes until they are cooked through and puffy.

Remove from the heat and let them cool for a few minutes before serving.


You can fill your steamed buns with various fillings, both sweet and savory. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Savory: barbecue pork, ground pork, beef, chicken, vegetables, eggs, shrimp

Sweet: red bean paste, lotus paste, chocolate, peanut butter, fruit jam


In conclusion, making steamed buns at home is easy and fun. With this simple recipe, you can make fluffy and delicious buns that taste even better than the store-bought ones. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different fillings and flavors to create your steamed bun masterpiece. We hope you enjoy making our recipe and sharing them with your family and friends. Happy cooking!