Chinese BBQ Pork Buns(Char Siu Bao)

If you like Chinese BBQ pork, then this recipe is a great combination of BBQ pork and soft Chinese steamed buns. Chinese BBQ Pork bun is also known as Char Siu Bao (叉烧包)in Chinese and is a featured dish in Cantonese dim sum.

There are two ways of making Chinese BBQ Pork buns: one is steamed Chinese BBQ Pork buns introduced by Elaine today and the other type is baked Chinese BBQ pork buns.

Chinese BBQ Pork Buns

In order to make perfect Chinese BBQ Pork buns at home, Choose pork belly rather than tenderloin.

Usually Chinese BBQ Pork can be made with pork belly or tenderloin. I have introduced how to make Chinese Char Siu with pork tenderloin and roasted pork belly with oyster and honey. In order to make the filling juicy, I high recommend using pork belly rather than tenderloin.

There are two parts concerning about making those yummy buns: filling and wrapper.

Let’s begin with the filling.

Choose a pork belly with some fat, and then marinade with dark soy sauce, char siu sauce and light soy sauce for at least 4 hours. Then roast 30 minutes with 400 degree F.

Chinese BBQ Pork Buns

And then cut the char siu pork into small dices. Mix with ginger sauce and chopped shallots. Add the left marinating sauce.

Chinese BBQ Pork Buns

Then we begin to make the wrapper. The wrapper of this Chinese BBQ pork bun is similar with regular bun wrappers. Firstly we need to make dough for Chinese steamed buns. I have list the detailed instructions in Chinese steamed buns.

Then cut the dough into small section and further roll out to a wrapper.

Chinese BBQ Pork Buns

Do not make the wrapper too thin. It should have around 0.5 cm thickness.

Chinese BBQ Pork Buns

And then wrap the buns one by one. Instruction how to fold Baozi is listed previously.

Chinese BBQ Pork Buns


Chinese BBQ Pork Buns

Steam for around 15 minutes and I guess you love those soft , yummy and juicy buns the same as me.

Chinese BBQ Pork Buns

I am using Chinese Bamboo Steamer Set to steam all  my steamed buns and I highly recommend your get one if you love pillow soft buns the same as me. Those bamboo steamer can provide a better vapor  condition with some extra freshness of Bamboo.

Chinese BBQ Pork Buns

Chinese BBQ Pork Buns

Chinese BBQ Pork Buns
Prep Time: 4 hours
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Yield: Making 10 to 12 buns

Serve: 4

Homemade soft and yummy steamed Chinese BBQ Pork Buns.


  • 1 tablespoon peanuts oil for brushing
  • Marinating sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Char Siu sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dark soy sauce
  • Filling
  • 8 .OZ Pork belly
  • 1 root ginger chopped and soaks with 1 tablespoon of warm water to make ginger water
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • Wrapper
  • 500g all-purpose flour
  • 1 packet instant yeast
  • 250g water


  1. Get a large bowl; pour all the ingredients for marinade sauce together. Put the pork into marinade sauce. Do a little message to the pork. Cover the bowl and put into refrigerator for at least 4 hours.
  2. Prepare the dough according to the instruction here and then make the wrapper one by one.
  3. Place the pork on the ovenware. Preheat the oven to 400 degree F. Roast for 30 minutes. Turn over once during the process.
  4. Cut the roasted pork belly into small cubes and then mix other ingredients for the filling. Set aside.
  5. Place one scoop of the filling in the center of the wrapper and seal the bun completely.
  6. Brush some oil on the bottom and place the buns in your steamer.
  7. Pour some cold water in wok and set up the steamer.
  8. Steam for 15 minutes after the water beginning to boil;
  9. Turn off the fire and wait for 5 minutes. Transfer the buns out and serve hot!


Do wait for at least 5 minutes before lifting the cover of your steamer, otherwise the buns might collapse.

Chinese BBQ Pork

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    • Elaine Luo says

      Hi Irina,

      Thanks for the comment. Childhood food is a nice memory. Each time when I am making some familiar food from childhood,I will think about the back days and sometimes get touched.

      Hope you enjoy.

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