Chinese Steam Bun (Mantou) Recipe

Chinese Steam Bun (Mantou)


  • 1 tbsp yeast
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup warm water
  • 4 cups all purpose flour

How to make Chinese Steam Bun (Mantou)

  1. Sprinkle yeast & sugar over 4 tbsp of warm water in a small bowl. Leave it for 15 mins.
  2. Pour flour in a bowl & make a well in the center. Pour the yeast mixture & remaining of water. Mix to a dough.
  3. Transfer to a floured board & knead until smooth. Return dough to bowl & cover with warm cloth for an hour.
  4. Punch down the dough and cover again for another 20 mins.
  5. Knead down again & shape into rolls. Place rolls in a steamer for 10 mins. Make sure a gap of 1.5 inch between rolls.

* about 20 servings (depending on the size you make)

  • hoojib88
    hoojib88 says

    Oh my gosh.. Is this the same bun used to make pork buns and curry chicken buns?! Taro buns?! Do you know what I'm talking about? Those are great..

  • Joesze
    Joesze says

    I guess it should be the same..i made chicken bun (something like 大包) once using a different method which i have forgotten turned out great too! if i could recall, would certainly share it in OSF.

  • eatfoodrecipe
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  • karimfadl
    karimfadl says

    Joesze, i tried it in China couple of years ago and it was great, but i was stuffed with sesame and some sugary stuff from inside, how can i do that?

  • Joesze
    Joesze says

    Hello Karim, i am not sure if you are referring to red bean paste where you can get it ready at shop. If you wanna prepare yourself the filling, here's a link ( u can refer to. You can replace above step 5 by flatten the dough balls into circles. Then put a spoonful of bean paste on the center, pull up the sides around the filling and pinch them together before forming a roll. In fact, bun is also nice to dip with curry chicken.

  • coldmeh
    coldmeh says

    roughly how many gram is 1 cup of flour?

  • Joesze
    Joesze says

    I am sorry Coldmeh, I don't have the weighing scale, that was why I measured with cup :P It's just the normal coffee cup, 10cm H x 7cm W. Hope this helps!

  • coldmeh
    coldmeh says

    no prob! thanks for the recipe anyway. gonna try it with the chinese dongpo pork =o

  • Joesze
    Joesze says

    happy trying and hope u enjoy + like it!

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