Chinese Steamed Meat Buns (Baozi) 包子

Chinese Steamed Meat Buns (baozi) Recipe 包子

This is Part II of the Steamed Bun Series. Here are the other posts in this series:
Part I: Mantou (Chinese Steamed Bun) 饅頭

Before today, I never thought I’d post a recipe for steamed meat buns. I just thought nobody would ever have the patience to make these buns at home until that a few weeks ago.

It all started when one of my friends texted me after seeing my Chinese steamed buns on my Instagram and telling me I should offer lessons on making these buns. Apparently she had just spent over $60 to learn how to make steamed meat buns from a local culinary school.

I was shocked by the fact that there were so many people interested in making the buns. The idea of teaching my steamed bun recipe and I even started seeing dollar signs…

Chinese Steamed Meat Buns (baozi) 包子

But in this season of giving, I decided to share the recipe on Yi Reservation. Good food is meant to be shared and a classic dish such as this deserved to be enjoyed and shared with the rest of the world. So here you have it, the step-by-step steamed bun recipe, at absolutely no charge!

This recipe is my Thanksgiving gift (for those of you who celebrate) to all my readers who have been supporting me over the years! And feel free to share the love with your friends and family who might also be interested in these meat buns!

So what are these steamed meat buns? For those who haven’t had, the Chinese meat buns, aka Baozi 包子, are steamed soft buns with all kinds of stuffing inside. In China, these buns are most commonly eaten as breakfast with congee or warm soy milk. This is sort of like answer to the bagel and coffee combination here in the States.

There are various ways of making these buns and there are countless variations in making preparing fillings from pork to seafood to vegan. Since I grew up eating the pork stuffed buns, the pork filling has always been my personal favorite and I can literally eat them anytime on any day.

So, that is a long-winded way of saying that you need to try these buns, and you need to try them today!

Chinese Steamed Meat Buns (baozi) 包子

If you live in the States, you should be able to find them in the frozen food section in many Asian grocery stores. Even better, you can now make them yourself at home following this MAN-PROOF step by step recipe. You’ll realize that it’s not that hard to make these delicious meat buns!!

And for those of you like visual learning, I have shared a video tutorial on how to make these steamed Chinese Meat Buns on Youtube. Please check it out!

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Step by Step Illustration

Follow my basic steamed bun (Mantou) recipe to make the basic dough. You’ll need about 2 – 3 hours to prepare the dough

Chinese Steamed Meat Buns (baozi) 包子

While waiting for the dough to rise, start making the stuffing by chopping the scallions and ginger

Chinese Steamed Meat Buns (baozi) 包子

Chop the cabbage to the size of ½ of your pinky nail. Move the chopped cabbage to a mixing bowl

Chinese Steamed Meat Buns (baozi) 包子

Mix 1 tbsp of salt into the cabbage. Let sit for about 20 minutes or until cabbage has released some moisture

Chinese Steamed Meat Buns (baozi) 包子

Remove the cabbage liquid. Combine with the ground pork (or your meat of choice) in the same bowl. Add the chopped scallions and ginger to the pork and cabbage

Chinese Steamed Meat Buns (baozi) 包子

Mix in all the stuffing marinade ingredients to the pork except the cooking oil. Whisk the stuffing using a spoon until all the ingredients are well incorporated. Add additional salt to taste if needed

Chinese Steamed Meat Buns (baozi) 包子

Drip the cooking oil in the meat mixture and whisk to mix. Seal the stuffing with plastic wrapper and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. This can be done in advance

Chinese Steamed Meat Buns (baozi) 包子

Once the dough is ready, transfer the dough to a flour-dusted workstation. Divide into 4 portions. Roll each portion into a log that’s about 1.5 inch in diameter

Chinese Steamed Meat Buns (baozi) 包子

Cut the log into 6 parts and shape each port into a ball. Make sure you coat the dough balls with a layer of flour. Press down the ball with your palm. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough into a round thin wrapper with 4 inch diameter. When rolling, make sure the center of the wrapper is thicker than the edge of the wrapper. Repeat this step to make a batch of 6 wrappers at a time

Chinese Steamed Meat Buns (baozi) 包子

To fold the bun. Place 1 to 2 tbsp of the filling in the center of the wrapper. Try to stack up the filling so it’s at least 1 inch from the edge of the wrapper. Wrap the bun by folding the edge counterclockwise until the bun is completely sealed. Repeat these two steps to assemble the rest of the buns

Chinese Steamed Meat Buns (baozi) 包子

Place the buns on a bamboo steamer with parchment in between to prevent sticking. Don’t steam your buns right away but instead let them sit for another 30 – 45 minutes. This is an important step in making the buns soft and fluffy. The buns will increase in size

Chinese Steamed Meat Buns (baozi) 包子

Steam the buns for 15 minutes over high heat. Turn off the heat but do not open the steamer cover. Let them sit in the steamer for another 5 minutes before you take them out

Chinese Steamed Meat Buns (baozi) 包子

Let them cool a little and serve hot as breakfast, snack, or appetizers

Chinese Steamed Meat Buns (Baozi) 包子

Yield: 21-24 buns

Prep Time:180

Cook Time:30

Total Time:210

Make these homemade Chinese Steamed Meat Buns following this MAN-PROOF step-by-step recipe at www.yireservation.com.

Ingredients:

For the dough

  • 500g all-purpose flour, more as needed
  • 1.5tsp instant yeast
  • 50ml lukewarm water
  • 230ml milk or water +/- 10ml, at room temperature
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 50g sugar
  • 3g salt
  • 2tbsp cooking oil
  • 1/10tsp baking soda (optional)

For stuffing

  • 1.5lb ground pork (can use chicken, beef, or lamb)
  • ¼ cabbage
  • 5 scallions
  • 2inch fresh ginger root

Stuffing Marinade

  • 2tbsp soy sauce
  • 2tbsp cooking oil
  • 1tbsp sugar
  • 1.5tbsp Chinese rice wine
  • 1tsp five-spice powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1tsp sesame oil
  • 2tsp ground white pepper
  • Additional salt to taste

Directions:

  1. Follow my basic steamed bun (Mantou) recipe to make the basic dough. You’ll need about 2 – 3 hours to prepare the dough
  2. While waiting for the dough to rise, start making the stuffing by chopping the scallions and ginger
  3. Chop the cabbage to the size of ½ of your pinky nail. Move the chopped cabbage to a mixing bowl
  4. Mix 1 tbsp of salt into the cabbage. Let sit for about 20 minutes or until cabbage has released some moisture
  5. Remove the cabbage liquid. Combine with the ground pork (or your meat of choice) in the same bowl. Add the chopped scallions and ginger to the pork and cabbage
  6. Mix in all the stuffing marinade ingredients to the pork except the cooking oil. Whisk the stuffing using a spoon until all the ingredients are well incorporated. Add additional salt to taste if needed
  7. Drip the cooking oil in the meat mixture and whisk to mix. Seal the stuffing with plastic wrapper and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. This can be done in advance
  8. Once the dough is ready, transfer the dough to a flour-dusted workstation. Divide into 4 portions. Roll each portion into a log that’s about 1.5 inch in diameter
  9. Cut the log into 6 parts and shape each port into a ball. Make sure you coat the dough balls with a layer of flour. Press down the ball with your palm. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough into a round thin wrapper with 4 inch diameter. When rolling, make sure the center of the wrapper is thicker than the edge of the wrapper. Repeat this step to make a batch of 6 wrappers at a time
  10. To fold the bun. Place 1 to 2 tbsp of the filling in the center of the wrapper. Try to stack up the filling so it’s at least 1 inch from the edge of the wrapper. Wrap the bun by folding the edge counterclockwise until the bun is completely sealed. Repeat these two steps to assemble the rest of the buns
  11. Place the buns on a bamboo steamer with parchment in between to prevent sticking. Don’t steam your buns right away but instead let them sit for another 30 – 45 minutes. This is an important step in making the buns soft and fluffy. The buns will increase in size
  12. Steam the buns for 15 minutes over high heat. Turn off the heat but do not open the steamer cover. Let them sit in the steamer for another 5 minutes before you take them out. Let them cool a little and serve hot as breakfast, snack, or appetizers

Chinese Steamed Meat Buns (baozi) 包子