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Chinese Steamed Buns
Prep Time
1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
1 hr 50 mins

Basic Chinese Steamed Buns using instant yeast, making 12 mini buns.  video as below.

Course: Chinese
Cuisine: Northern
Keyword: flour, staple food, steamed
Servings: 4
Calories: 297 kcal
Author: Elaine
  • 300 g all-purpose flour + 2 tbsp. more for dusting
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoon instant yeast
  • 2 tablespoons sugar ,optional
  • 150 g water or 20ml more if needed
  • a tiny pinch of salt ,around 1.5% of the dough
  1. Prepare warm water around 35 °C and melt the sugar in. And mix the yeast with the water. Mix well and set aside for around 5 minutes. If you do not want sugar, just skip it.
  2. Place salt and flour in a large bowl. Pour the water with yeast slowly to the bowl with flour and stir with a chopstick.
  3. Then knead the flour into smooth and soft dough. At the very beginning, it might be a little bit sticky. Or you can simple resort to a stand mixer.
  4. Cover the bowl and let the dough rest for around 1 hour or until the paste ball doubles in size.
  5. When the dough is double in size, get paste ball out, dust the operating board and re-knead the dough for 3-4 minutes until the dough becomes almost smooth again. Divide the dough into two parts, keep kneading and shape each part into 1 inch thick long log.
  6. Remove the two ends and use a very sharp knife to cut the log to smaller pieces (around 2 cm wide). Try to keep the original shape. Place the buns to a lined steamer one by one. Leave some space among each one as the buns rise after steaming.
  7. Add cold water to your wok or steel steamer. Cover the lid and rest for 10 minutes in summer and around 20 minutes in winter or until the bun becomes fluffy again.
  8. Use high fire to bring the water to a boil and continue to steam for around 20 to 25 minutes (depending on the size of your buns).
  9. Remove off the fire and wait for around 5 minutes before opening the lid. Serve warm or re-steam to soften before serving.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

When lifting the cover when the buns are steamed ready, do not drop any water on the buns.

Adding some salt can help to support the gluten network.

If you want to frozen the buns, steam them firstly and then wait until well cooled. Place in air tight bag and freeze for later use.

Nutrition Facts
Chinese Steamed Buns
Amount Per Serving
Calories 297
% Daily Value*
Sodium 3mg0%
Potassium 80mg2%
Carbohydrates 63g21%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 7g14%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 3.5mg19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.