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steamed char siu bao| chinasichuanfood.com
Chinese BBQ Pork Buns
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
1 hr
Homemade soft and yummy steamed Chinese BBQ Pork Buns.
Course: staple
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: BBQ Pork, buns
Servings: 12 Making 12 buns
Calories: 247 kcal
Author: Elaine
  • 2 cups leftover char siu dices
  • 100 ml water
  • 1 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp. light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp. hoisin sauce
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 300 g all purpose flour + more for dusting
  • 40 g sugar
  • 2 tsp. sugar tolerant instant yeast
  • 160 g warm water ,or 180ml to 185ml warm milk
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil ,corn oil or other oil without strong flavor
  • a tiny pinch of salt
Make the filling
  1. Mix cornstarch with water and set aside for couple of minutes until well combined.
  2. In a small sauce pot, add starch water, oyster sauce, hoisin sauce, light soy sauce, sugar and heat over slowest fire until there are big bubbles. Then mix with the char siu dices.
  3. Cover the filling and place in fridge for 30 minutes.
Make the wrapper
  1. In a stand mixer, place all of the dough ingredients in and then knead for 7-9 minutes at slow speed. Then cover and rest for 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. Slightly re-knead the dough for another 2 minutes until the smooth becomes very smooth. Shape into long log first and then divide the dough into 12 equal portions. Re-knead each wrapper dough until the surface becomes smooth.
  3. Roll each of the wrapper dough into a round wrapper around 10 cm in diameter with thin edges. Scoop around 1 tablespoon of filling in the center and seal the buns completely. Repeat to finish all of the buns.
  4. Place the buns on baking papers and then place in steamer. Cover the lid and rest for another 20 minutes at a room temperature around 28 degree C to 30 degree C. In cold water days, heat water in a pot for several minutes until warm but not boiling and then place the steamer on the warm water, rest for 15 to 20 minutes.
  5. Start the fire and steam the buns for another 20 minutes, turn off fire and stand for 5 minutes before enjoying.
  6. Re-steam the buns if they are cooled. No changes for the taste.
Recipe Notes

The Nutrition Facts is based on each single char siu bun.

Nutrition Facts
Chinese BBQ Pork Buns
Amount Per Serving
Calories 247 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 124mg5%
Potassium 34mg1%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 3g6%
Calcium 4mg0%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.