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Chinese Sugar Buns
Prep Time
1 hr
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: 3 Making 10 buns
Calories: 380 kcal
Author: Elaine
For the sugar filling
  • 3/4 tbsp. flour
  • 4 tbsp. brown sugar powder
  • 1 tbsp. roasted sesame seeds
For the dough and wrapper
  • 300 g all-purpose flour , around 2 cups
  • 2 tsp. instant yeast around 3g
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 150 ml water , + 10ml more for adjusting
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable cooking oil
  • a small pinch of salt
To make the filling
  1. Mix brown sugar with flour and sesame seeds. Slightly crush to remove any bumps.

  1. Add flour, salt, sugar, vegetable cooking oil and water in a large bowl. The dough should be kneaded for 8 to 10 minutes until very smooth in surface and becomes white (because we only knead once). Shape the dough into a long log and divide into 10 portions.

  2. Place around 3/4 tablespoons of filling in center. Assemble the dough as triangle. Rest the buns in room temperature for 1 hour (20 degree C in room temperature) until they are 1.5 times in size and can recovery very quickly if you press the skin. In winter days, I love to place them in an oven with a plate of hot boiling water at the bottom. This can speed up the proofing in cold weather.

  3. Set up the steamer with cold water and steam for 12 minutes. Then rest for another 5 minutes. Enjoy hot!

Nutrition Facts
Chinese Sugar Buns
Amount Per Serving
Calories 380 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Sodium 9mg0%
Potassium 156mg4%
Carbohydrates 76g25%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 10g20%
Calcium 28mg3%
Iron 3.9mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.