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.

fried mantou with condensed milk
fried mantou with condensed milk

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.

fried mantou with condensed milk

💭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.

Chinese steamed buns

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.

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fried mantou with condensed milk

Fried Mantou with condensed milk

Chinese New-Year dish-golden and silver mantou. Fried Mantou with condensed milk.
5 from 3 votes
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Course: staple
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Fried, mantou
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 398kcal
Author: Elaine


  • 8 steamed buns , depending on the size of your serving plate.
  • 4 cup vegetable oil , or more as needed
  • 1/2 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!


Calories: 398kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 48mg | Potassium: 141mg | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 109mg | Iron: 0.1mg
fried mantou with condensed milk

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