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Bao Bun

Updated: May 28, 2020

Prep time: 10 minutes  Resting time: 2 hours Cooking time: 12 minutes

Serves: 14 Buns



All-purpose flour 360 gms (plus extra for dusting)

Milk powder 20 gms

Baking powder 1 1/2 tsp

Instant dry yeast 2 tsp

Sugar 35 gms

Oil 35 gms

Warm water 200 gms

Squares of baking paper (about 10x10cm) 14 pieces.


In a mixing bowl take flour, milk powder, baking powder, yeast, and sugar. In a separate bowl mix the vegetable oil and water. Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the liquids. Stir with a spoon and then use your hands to knead until the dough comes together. Empty out onto a work surface and knead for 5 minutes or until smooth, adding extra flour a tablespoon at a time if the dough sticks to the palm of your hand. Return the dough to the mixing bowl, cover and rest in a warm place for 90 minutes until doubled in size.

Once risen, transfer the dough to a work surface and dust with flour. ‘Punch down’ the dough by kneading it for 5 to 10 minutes. The aim here is to remove as many air bubbles as possible. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough out to 1cm thick. Dip your fingers in vegetable oil and lightly spread the oil over the surface of the dough. Then use an 8cm diameter pastry cutter (or a plastic cup of the same diameter) to cut out rounds. Remove the excess dough. Fold rounds in half and flatten slightly with the rolling pin. Place on a square of baking paper and place directly into a large bamboo steamer or onto a tray. Repeat with remaining dough (excess dough can be re-rolled and used). Cover the folded rounds and set aside to prove for 30 minutes.

Fill a pan one-third full with water and place over high heat. When the water is boiling, place the bamboo steamer over the pan and steam buns for 12 minutes. Then turn off the heat (don’t lift the lid) and allow the buns to rest over the hot water for 5 minutes. Buns can be made up to a day in advance and steamed to reheat before serving.

Enjoy your Bao buns with Korean fried chicken/ Crispy Paneer sticks/ Pork. 


Did you know?

A Chinese cuisine, also known as steamed bun or baozi (包子), bao is a complete meal conveniently packed away in a white, warm, soft buns. Filled most traditionally with a pork mixture, the perfect bao should be round, smooth, and soft.

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