Delicious Mantou Steamed Buns
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Chinese Steamed Buns (Mantou)

Click here to see recipe for whole wheat steamed buns.

- Chinese Steamed Buns (Mantou)

Steamed buns is one of those foods I’ve loved as a kid, it was all thanks to my aunt showing me how to make really delicious tasting buns.

(Yields: 6 buns , Serving: 3, Prep time: 3 hrs, Cook time: 20 mins)

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups and 5 tablespoons all purpose or bread flour
  • A sprinkle of salt
  • 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon yeast
  • 1 cup water

Note: I used enriched unbleached flour but it’s much healthier to use corn flour or whole wheat flour, so feel free to substitute.

Instructions

Mix the flour and salt into a large pot.

- Chinese Steamed Buns (Mantou)

Mix room temperature water with yeast. Stir for a couple of minutes.

- Chinese Steamed Buns (Mantou)

Mix the water with yeast into the flour mixture. Stir for about a minute.

- Chinese Steamed Buns (Mantou)

- Chinese Steamed Buns (Mantou)

Use your hands and knead it until it becomes a solid block.

- Chinese Steamed Buns (Mantou)

The dough should not be sticky once it’s kneaded, nor should it be too hard. This is crucial in how the mantou turns out, so if you feel that it’s too wet, add a bit more flour and if it’s too dry, add a tiny bit more water.

Put a lid on the pot and leave it in a warm place for 2-3 hours so it can rise.

- Chinese Steamed Buns (Mantou)

When the dough has risen twice it’s size, start kneading it again to make it smaller. Store a tiny piece away into a plastic bag to use next time.

- Chinese Steamed Buns (Mantou)

Stretch the dough out so it becomes like this:

- Chinese Steamed Buns (Mantou)

Then, use a knife and cut it in pieces.

- Chinese Steamed Buns (Mantou)

Leave the mantou on a wooden board for 15 minutes for it to rise some more. (This step is crucial for fat and soft mantou!)

- Chinese Steamed Buns (Mantou)

Get the steamer prepared by boiling water on it. I like to use a giant steamer so it doesn’t take too long.

- Chinese Steamed Buns (Mantou)

Soak a cheese cloth in water.

- Chinese Steamed Buns (Mantou)

Place it on the bottom of the steamer.

- Chinese Steamed Buns (Mantou)

Put buns on the steamer. Make sure there’s a lot of space between them because they do rise more when cooked.

- Chinese Steamed Buns (Mantou)

Once water starts to make noise (semi boiled), put the mantou on it.

Let it steam for about 15 minutes on high.

Turn heat off and let it sit for a further 3-5 minutes before removing the lid.

- Chinese Steamed Buns (Mantou)

- Chinese Steamed Buns (Mantou)

- Chinese Steamed Buns (Mantou)

- Chinese Steamed Buns (Mantou)

- Chinese Steamed Buns (Mantou)

- Chinese Steamed Buns (Mantou)

- Chinese Steamed Buns (Mantou)

- Chinese Steamed Buns (Mantou)

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