Chinese steamed buns Mantou – step by step recipe

Chinese steam buns Mantou

Ingredients

Steamed yeast dough – 500 g

Olive oil – to taste

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Chinese steamed buns Mantou - step by step recipe

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It’s impossible to imagine Chinese cuisine without steamed, incredibly light and airy Mantou buns. Wherever you are in China, day or night, in a restaurant or just strolling down the street, you are bound to come across them.

Traditionally, Mantou is made without a filling, but there are also dessert versions with a sweet filling.

Mantou buns, like their Baozi variety, are traditionally made for breakfast, but are often eaten during the day as well. They are served as a separate dish or as an accompaniment to main dishes.

Traditional Mantou buns are very similar to bread in taste and texture. The bun has a neutral flavor and a very airy, fluffy texture. We eat them plain and use them as a base for sandwiches. Try making traditional Chinese steamed Mantou buns, too.

Chinese steamed buns Mantou - step by step recipe

To make Mantou buns, we need a yeast dough for steaming. Its peculiarity is that in addition to yeast, yeast dough also uses baking powder and baking soda. Detailed instructions for making the dough are on our website (see above).

If you plan to serve the scones for dessert, increase the amount of sugar when making the dough or add a sweet filling. When the dough is ready, you can begin shaping the buns. Traditionally, scones are baked in the shape of simple rectangles, but versions with more complex patterns are also common. We’re going to make one of these – a “flower” pattern.

Chinese steamed buns Mantou - step by step recipe

Divide the dough into two parts and, laying on a greased work surface, roll out in the shape of a rectangle. Oil the surface of the rectangle as well. You can use any oil you like. Popular choices are olive oil, sesame oil, or butter.

Chinese steamed buns Mantou - step by step recipe

Fold one third of the dough toward the center of the rectangle. Brush with butter.

Chinese steamed buns Mantou - step by step recipe

Fold the second third towards the center.

Chinese steamed buns Mantou - step by step recipe

Press the dough down and flatten it on the table. Cut into 1.5-2 cm wide strips.

Chinese steamed buns Mantou - step by step recipe

Take 2 strips of dough and fold one piece on top of the other.

Chinese steamed buns Mantou - step by step recipe

Use your fingers to flatten the dough, trying to flatten it and press it to the surface of the table. Use a chopstick or the back of a knife to make a pattern on the dough. Place the knife on the dough and gently press it so that the front side of the dough is indented and the back side remains intact.

Chinese steamed buns Mantou - step by step recipe

Place the prepared dough on a stick. The center of the piece of dough is on the stick, the ends hang loosely from it.

Chinese steamed buns Mantou - step by step recipe

Wrap your fingers around the ends of the dough, squeeze and, pulling the dough down slightly, start twisting the stick clockwise.

Chinese steamed buns Mantou - step by step recipe

Chinese steamed buns Mantou - step by step recipe

Chinese steamed buns Mantou - step by step recipe

The process happens simultaneously – with one hand you twist the top of the dough, with the other hand you gently stretch the dough slightly.

Make 2 revolutions of the stick and fix the dough. To do this, lower the dough onto the board and press the stick down firmly, toward the board.

Chinese steamed buns Mantou - step by step recipe

Then gently holding the top of the bun, gently pull out the stick.

Place the formed bun on a piece of parchment or in a baking dish.

Chinese steamed buns Mantou - step by step recipe

Place the buns in a steamer and let them steam for 20-40 minutes. Steam for 12 to 15 minutes. Leave the buns in the steamer for a few minutes with the lid closed.

Chinese steamed buns Mantou - step by step recipe

Chinese steamed Mantou buns are ready.

Chinese steamed buns Mantou - step by step recipe

Serve the hot buns to the table. Leftover buns can easily be revived by heating in the microwave or steaming for a few minutes.

Chinese steamed buns Mantou - step by step recipe

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