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Steamed Bao Buns

Bao Buns

These steamed bao buns are soft and very flavorful with a very unique texture. Fill them with Peking duck slices, teriyaki beef or any kind of meet of your choice or shrimp, drizzle some sauce and you’ll get the restaurant quality dish ready for the whole family.

Ready in:  2-3 hoursServes:  4-6 people
Yield:   12 x 30g Units:  US 


Main Dough


  • 8 am mix lukewarm water, dry instant yeast and sugar until dissolved add flour, salt, mix all together, until no dry flour remained, cover, let rest 30 min for autolyse (during the autolyse stage the flour absorbs the water, becoming fully hydrated. This will activate gluten development). Dough will look lumpy but don’t worry it will become smooth  later.
  • 8.30 am knead by hands or with your mixer for 5-7 min. Until dough will become smoother. Cover, let rest for 1 hour – 1 hour and 30 min at 76-84F/24-28C. During that time perform nice stretch and fold.
  • 10 am dough should get almost twice bigger in volume. 
  • Sprinkle work surface with flour.
  • Roll out the dough 1/4-inch thick. Sprinkle more flour if needed.
  • Using cookie cutter or wine glass cut out the dough circles. Use scraps,  knead them a little, roll again and cut more circles ( You should make around 12 circles).
  • Roll each circle a little to create oval shape.
  • Spread some neutral oil on one surface of the baos and fold in half like a half-moon shape.
  • Place each bao on a parchment paper, cover and let proof for 30 min.
  • Meanwhile, bring water to boil on a wok or steamer pot.
  • 10.30 am Place proofed baos inside the steamer, then carefully transfer steamer on top of boiling water wok/pot. Make sure water is not touching the baos. Cover and steam for 2-3 minutes.  When they are done cooking, tilt the lid a tiny bit for slow air circulation about 2 to 3 minutes before open the lid.
  • Carefully remove baos from steamer and place them on a plate.

Please note, these buns taste best when they are warm.

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4 thoughts on “Steamed Bao Buns

  1. They look amazing and i will make them.
    Well done…Thank You for the detailed instructions and recipe.

  2. Thank you,Natasha! They are too delicious!

  3. Just Bao.
    Not Bao bun.

    Bread bread. Get it?

    1. Yes, we get it. But many Westerners don’t know that bao means bun, so they call them bao buns, just like most people say ATM Machine and PIN Number.

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