- 300 g All-purpose flourplus more for dusting
- 60 g Potato starchwheat starch
- 4 g (about 1 ¼ tsp) Instant yeast
- 60 g Sugaryou can cut down on the sugar or add more to your taste
- ½ tsp Salt
- 1 tbsp Cooking oil
- 150 ml Milkcold, plus more to dab the surface of the buns later, or warm water if vegan
Soft Fluffy Chinese Steamed Buns
Experience love at first bite with these Soft Fluffy Chinese Steamed Buns! The dough for these buns is soft but not too cakey, perfectly smooth, tender with a nice chew and a lightly sweetened taste. These Chinese mantou buns pair so well with almost anything.
Long ago, like most traditional bread recipes, Chinese mantou buns were made with sourdough. To keep the dough making process easy and quick, I prefer to use instant yeast for this recipe. Plus, it saves you time and energy and makes the dough proof faster. What I love most about this savory steamed mantou recipe is that you don’t even need to have a food steamer or bamboo basket. You can use either a wok or large pot with a lid and a metal steamer rack or basket that can fit in. If you are vegan the cold milk can be replaced with warm water.
To make the Soft Fluffy Chinese Steamed Buns, you will need the following ingredients:
Steps to make Soft Fluffy Chinese Steamed Buns
In a mixing bowl, place 300 grams all-purpose flour, 60 grams wheat starch, 4 grams instant yeast, 60 grams sugar, ½ teaspoon salt, and 1 tablespoon oil. Starting with 150 milliliters, add milk. Add up to 200 milliliters if needed until you can form a dough. Mix until it forms a cohesive dough with no dry pockets. Cover the bowl and let it rest for 15 minutes.
Prepare for proofing
Use finger test
Use a finger test. If you gently push on the dough, and it leaves an indentation and springs back slowly, the dough is perfectly proofed. If it springs back right away, it needs to be proofed more. If it doesn't spring back, the dough is over-proofed. Loosely cover the dough balls with plastic wrap and place the over-proofed buns in the fridge to slow down the proofing process while waiting for the steaming.
Turn off heat