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Steamed Buns

Steamed buns give a traditional Asian flair to your favorite sandwich or taco recipes.

Course Breads
Cuisine Asian
Keyword how to make steamed buns, steamed bun recipe, steamed buns
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 24 buns
Calories 125 kcal
Author Janet Barton


  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups water at room temperature
  • 4 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons non-fat dry milk powder
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • rounded 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/3 cup vegetables shortening or rendered pork fat at room temperature


  1. Combine the yeast and water in the bowl of a stand mixer outfitted with the dough hook.  Add the flour, sugar, milk powder, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and fat and mix on the lowest speed possible for 8-10 minutes.  The dough should gather together into a neat, not-too-tacky ball on the hook.  When it does, lightly oil a mixing bowl, put the dough in it, and cover with a dry cloth.  Let rise in a warm place for 1 hour 30 minutes.
  2. Punch the dough down and turn it onto a clean work surface.  Cut dough in half.  Cut each half into fourths and each fourth into thirds, until there are 24 balls of dough.  Place on a parchment lined baking sheet.  Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rest for 30 minutes.
  3. Place each ball on a clean surface and lightly roll into an oblong shape.  Fold in half and place on squares (approx. 3 x 4-inch) of parchment paper.  Place into a steamer, not overcrowding.  Steam for about 10 minutes.  Remove from steamer.  Buns can be used immediately.  Makes 24 buns
  4. Buns can be made in advance.  Allow to cool and place in resealable plastic bags.  Buns can be frozen for a few months.  Buns can be reheated by steaming for 2-3 minutes.

Recipe Notes

Recipe from: Momofuku

Nutrition Facts
Steamed Buns
Amount Per Serving
Calories 125 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 319mg13%
Potassium 41mg1%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 20IU0%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 16mg2%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.