Chinese Steamed Bun, aka mantou(饅頭)

This was my first time making chinese bun with my mom! She pretty much doesn’t follow any recipe, I guess the recipe are already in her head, so I really can’t write down the ingredients or the amount… but she would always tell me, “it just comes natural~” Ingredients:

  • Yeast…………………………………….2 table spoon
  • Water……………………………………260g
  • Black Sugar…………………………….130g
  • Whole-wheat Flour…………………..2.5 cups
  • All Purpose Flour (中筋麵粉)……….2.5 cups
  • Olive Oil ……………………………….3 tablespoon
  • Salt or maple syrup …………………..5 tablespoon

First step, combine the yeast, warm water, and black sugar together for the yeast to activate, and just wait until the texture becomes foamy like below. 20140408-230913.jpg Leave the yeast to activate on its own while preparing the flour. Since we are making healthy whole-wheat chinese bun, my mom mixed 2.5 cups of whole-wheat flour with 2.5 cups of all purpose flour. (She was afraid of pure whole-wheat flour would make the buns tasted dry and hard). Then you go on adding the yeast that you’ve just prepared, olive oil (no butter), salt, or sugar if you prefer the buns to taste sweeter. 20140408-230939.jpg My mom also added maple syrup and mashed pumpkin.That’s why the color is a bit brownish-golden. After fully mixing the dough, just let it sit and ferment. 20140408-231019.jpg Usually puffs up like the picture below~ then you can give it a bit more massage and slap, I pretty much took the whole dough and just slam it on the table! Heard it makes the dough more chewy. 20140408-231034.jpg Once your dough is prepared, roll it into a long-evened-tube-like shape, and evenly cut it into small pieces. 20140408-231041.jpg Next step, make sure the water is boiling, before putting them into the mushiki (steamed basket or 蒸籠) for 10 min. P.S. remember to spread out a damp cotton sheet on the bottom so the buns wouldn’t stick onto the mushiki. 20140408-231051.jpg Voila~ Pumpkin Whole-Wheat Steamed Chinese Buns are ready to serve! You can eat it directly, some people deep fry it and dip it with condense milk. Or you could also cut it in half and put scrambled eggs, mayonnaise, ham, and make it into a very delicious breakfast!  Bon appétit!  20140408-231101.jpg

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