Chinese Sugar Buns
Prep Time
40 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
1 hr
Chinese sugar bun is one of the most famous Chinese dim sum. It is quite popular in Northern China with soft wrappers and sweet filling.
Course: Breakfast, dim sum
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: buns, sugar
Servings: 4 Making 12 to 16 buns according to the size
Calories: 380 kcal
Author: Elaine
  • 1/2 tablespoon peanuts oil for brushing
For the sugar filling
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon roasted sesame seeds
For the dough and wrapper
  • 300 g all-purpose flour
  • 1 packet instant yeast , =2ΒΌ teaspoons
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 150 g water
  1. Make a basic dough for Chinese steamed buns, instructions here. And then roll the small sections of the dough into small round wrappers.
  2. Heat up a pan and stir-fry 1 tablespoon flour until slightly brown. Use small fire during the process.
  3. Mix the fired flour with 3 tablespoons of brown sugar power and 1/2 tablespoon roasted sesame seeds.
  4. Scoop around 1/2 tablespoon filling in the center of wrapper. Use thumb and index finger to fold a triangle and then seal each side carefully.
  5. Brush some oil on the bottom of the assembled buns and place them one by one to your steamer.
  6. Set the steamer in wok and steam for around 10 minutes. Turn off the fire and wait another 5 minutes with patience and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

If you are vegan, choose a vegan friendly sugars for example raw sugar to replace all the sugar listed in the ingredient list.

Nutrition Facts
Chinese Sugar Buns
Amount Per Serving
Calories 380 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Sodium 9mg 0%
Potassium 156mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 76g 25%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 14g
Protein 10g 20%
Calcium 2.8%
Iron 21.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.