Food in Process: Steamed buns

Lately I've made plain steamed buns (also called mantou) from
a scratch! I think? If you like, you can also add fillings such as chicken,
lotus paste, pork etc.. but I like to eat it plain. Because I'm a plain girl,
no bells or whistles attached.

I remember my first time making my own batch of these mantou
babies, by following HappyHomeBaking's recipe. It didn't turned
out perfectly back then, but they seems to get better every time when
 I re-making them. I would say: a case of practice makes perfect c:

Da Recipe:
500 gram plain flour, 1 tbsp. dry yeast, 255 ml water (room temp.), pinch of salt, 20 gram caster sugar, 15 ml vegetable oil

Make fancy baking paper with a sawtoothed scissor. I sometimes do this when I make my own cupcake/muffin cups.

-sigh- my dough ended up slightly dry, but still manageable to create different shapes.  

Yet it was quite fluffy when it was done. 

I thought being creative and made greentea with shredded coconut filling. I don't know why but it tasted weird and bitter :c

Da steps:

  1. Sift the flour, salt and the yeast. Make a well in the center and add the water. Start the kneading! Stop until the dough is smooth and combined well. 
  2. Add the oil and knead knead knead! Stop until its smooth & elastic. 
  3. Knead the dough into a ball, place it in a greased bowl, cover it with cling wrap. Place it in warm place and let it double in size for an hour. 
  4. Take the dough out and press the dough to release the gas. Take a roller pin and flatten the dough. 
  5. When your dough is flat and 'squary', roll it up again like a Swiss roll. The tighter the better. It should look like a huge pancake now. 
  6. Cut them into desired portions, place each of them on baking paper, cover it with cling wrap and let it rest for 30 minutes. At a warm place of course.
  7. Get your steam pan ready with boiled hot water. 
  8. Place the buns on the steamer and steam it for like 10 to 15 minutes. 
Good luck!


  1. These look so nice! They look a bit like cinnamon buns actually!

  2. Ah, I really like this post on steamed buns! They're one of my favorite things to eat. I love when I'm in China, I can eat these every morning. :3


  3. teach me your domestic waaaays- i can mess up toast if i tried hard enough -__-

    xo marlen
    Messages on a Napkin

  4. Looks so cute!
    Groene thee is best wel bitter dus zonder iets zoets is het wat minder lekker haha!

  5. They look delicious! (and pretty :3)

  6. Ooh dat wil ik ook proberen! En laat ik nu net zo'n stoommandje hebben ^^ Dankjewel voor het recept! xx

  7. These look sooooo yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  8. Is that condensed milk to dip? I like Kaya with manta, definitely need to buy some more of that soon!

  9. This looks very nice and so cute :)

    xo' M

  10. Looking good! :'D
    I'm actually looking through her recipes too~ xD

  11. These look so delicious! I love steamed buns so I really want to try your recipe! Great photos too :)

    Ellie | Ellalogy

  12. I really have to try this!
    It's the first time i'm seeing something like that! you are brilliant thank you for sharing!

  13. How unique, thanks for sharing the whole process with us!

  14. These turned out great! Ahh i miss Man tou, haven't had it in so long!! I love mine with condensed milk ^^

    à la foliee

  15. Delicious! How much I miss baking :( Wish my time would allow more of it.

  16. Mmm plain mantou are definitely my favourite too, with plenty of condensed milk for dipping! Something for me to try next perhaps?! I've been making batches of custard egg tarts recently but I haven't been able to get the pastry right! Apparently my egg filling is as good as dim sum sifus though hehe.

    Jade | JadeFungBlog

  17. gulp! this looks so delicious! i tried to make parker house rolls for thanksgiving last year and it was a big fail! anything bread/buns scare me now but this.. i would love to try!

  18. you so fancy. thanks again for another awesome recipe!! seriously i wish one day we can meet and i can eat your food. hahaha

    xoxo Sarah (xlicious girl)
    Japanese Gyaru Makeup Blog

  19. Hmm, these look so good and are definitely on my bookmark list now!

    Have a great day,

    P.S.: Thanks for your sweet comment on my last post!

  20. Ziet er super schattig en lekker uit zeg! Jij kooktalent!
    En ik wil best wel een keer met je winkelen hoor, heb toch maar 2 dagen college in de week hahaha. XX

  21. Oh man, ziet er super lekker uit! Ik ben echt al je recepten aan het opslaan in een speciale recipes folder om het ooit nog eens te maken, haha!

  22. That's a shame about the green tea and coconut buns. I would have thought that would have turned out delicious. :o


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