Chinese fried Mantou (golden mantou) served with condensed milk is a dish quite popular in hot pot restaurants and might be served within a family for holidays like New Year or Spring Festival. It has a super lovely name- golden and silver mantou.
A new year treat
The new year is coming, so I begin to test my holiday dishes one by one this is my favorite dish because both of the name and yummy taste- golden and sliver Mantou ( Chinese steamed buns). If you are a regular reader or have some background information about Chinese cuisine, you may find Chinese people love steamed buns no matter stuffed like char siu buns, sugar buns, red bean paste buns, or a plain version like this one. Then may I just introduce this name a little bit? Golden Mantou refers to deep-fried Mantou while silver Mantou refers to un-fried steamed buns with a pure white color. Usually, the dish is served with condensed milk. Very lucky for holidays and you will also be amazed by the crispy taste of fried ones.
💭What is Mantou
To make the fried mantou, plain and common Chinese steamed buns are needed first. Mantou is a traditional Chinese steamed bun that has become popular across many parts of Asia. It is made from wheat flour, yeast, and water, sometimes sugar too. While mantou is often served as a side dish or snack, it can also be used to make sandwiches, soup dumplings, or even deep-fried.
There are store-bought frozen versions available or you can make your own ones at home by following this recipe: Chinese steamed buns. I made them at home.
Choose the smaller ones
Mantou can differ in size depending on how it is shaped. It can be round, square, or cone-shaped. When choosing or buying your Mantou, I would highly recommend choosing smaller ones for the consideration of the deep-frying process. And before adding your mantou, heat your oil until hot so the buns can be colored in a relatively short time.
Fried Mantou with condensed milk
- 8 steamed buns , depending on the size of your serving plate.
- 4 cup vegetable oil , or more as needed
- ½ cup condensed milk , for serving
- Divide your buns into two groups: one for steaming and the other for deep-frying.
- Steam one group until hot.
- In a pot, heat up enough oil for around 7 minutes over medium until medium hot; add the buns in to fry until golden brown. During the process, the buns will keep floating on the surface. Press them down to soak them in the oil for evenly deep-frying.
- Transfer out and filter the extra oil.
- How to serve: Pour the condensed milk in a small bowl and place the dipping bowl in the center of your serving plate and then lay the steamed buns and fried buns one by one.
- Serve hot!