Now that we’ve gotten over our Thanksgiving coma (delicious, delicious coma), we decided we’d like some quite different food. When I (Bernard) was in Mongolia and Taiwan, I used to eat pork steamed buns all the time. They’re not really fast food, but you don’t need a plate at all (if they’re not burning hot).

Sometimes they’re made with a sweet custard filling, which then turns them into a dessert. But we wanted some real food, and roasting the pork slowly makes the meat nice and juicy. The steaming makes the bread very soft, and if you do it just right, it all just melts in your mouth.

These Chinese pork steamed buns do require a bit of waiting time, but most of that time is inactive (either waiting for the pork to roast or the dough to rise). These also require a steamer, and I think it would be nearly impossible to do pork steamed buns without the steamed part.

Chinese Pork Steamed Buns

Chinese pork steamed buns are a traditional Chinese dish that is made by steaming a bun that is filled with pork. The buns are often served as a snack or as a main dish. They are a popular food in China and are often eaten with a dipping sauce.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 6 servings
Calories 243 kcal


For the filling:

  • First, we’ll need to make the pork filling. If you’ve bought the pork shoulder or another more or less fatty pork meat, then you are a good person who cares for their family.
  • Now, preheat the oven. You have a choice here: to either roast it slow for 2 hours at 120°C (and then you’ll have pulled pork) or you can roast it at 180°C for about 45 min – 1 hour and then slice it up thinly.
  • If you’ve decided to go for the healthy-but-obviously dry meat, then, really, nothing can save you. Lean pork meat (and all lean meat) is best once it comes out of the oven. You don’t need resting time because there’s no big increase in juiciness. Because we’re going to steam them as well, it’s not really recommended to use lean meat. But, it’s still fine. I won’t judge you. A lot.
  • Pour the hoisin sauce over the raw pork. I couldn’t find any hoisin sauce, so I made my go-to Chinese sauce, which is 3 soy sauce to 2 oyster sauce to 1 sesame seed oil to 1 tablespoon honey or brown sugar (I usually also add a bit of rice wine vinegar too). If you have that, you’ll have something close to hoisin. Here you can multiply each by 2 tablespoons, so that at the end you have 6 tbsp soy, 4 tbsp oyster, 2 tbsp sesame oil and 2 tbsp honey or brown sugar. You can marinate it in the fridge for an hour or so, or if you have no time, just pop it into the oven.

For the buns:

  • In a small bowl, add together the warm water and yeast and let it sit for about 5-10 minutes until it’s creamy. In a large bowl, mix together the flours, baking soda and sugar. When the yeast mixture is ready, make a well in the middle of the bowl and pour it into the center, along with the warm milk and oil.
  • Mix the dough by hand until it becomes one sticky mass. Pour some flour on a working surface and roll the dough out. The dough will be quite soft and you’ll need to work it only until it becomes smooth. One thing I like to do is to let the dough rest for about 5 minutes while I wash out the large bowl (I’ll use the same bowl to let the dough rise). After resting, I knead it again for a minute or two, until it is smooth.
  • Lightly oil the bowl, and turn the dough over into it. Cover with plastic wrap and a towel, and let it rise until doubled, about an hour.
  • The dough for these pork steamed buns is nice and soft and needs an hour rising time
  • The dough for these pork steamed buns is nice and soft and needs an hour rising time

Assembling it

  • Both the dough and the pork should be done around the same time, unless you’re making pulled pork. Remove the pork from the oven and let it cool. Once cooled, shred it or slice it and mix it with the cabbage and scallions. If it is dry, mix in more of the hoisin sauce or the 3:2:1 mixture. It shouldn’t be soaking wet, but it should be moist.
  • Pull the dough into a long rope and cut it into 12 equal parts. Roll out each part out to about 10 cm (4 inches), making sure to make the outside thinner and the inside thicker. Put 1-2 tablespoons of the pork mixture into the center, fold the dough up and twist it (my folding/twisting skills are not so great). Let it sit on a cookie sheet or plate while you get your steamer ready.
  • Put the buns into at least 2 levels (maybe more if you’ve made them bigger) and steam the buns for about 15 minutes. They will be done and hot, so carefully remove them, and then eat.
  • Bon appetit!



There are a lot of different ways to enjoy Chinese pork steamed buns. However you choose to enjoy them, we hope that this blog post has inspired you to give them a try!
Keyword buns

Tips For Making Perfect Chinese Pork Steamed Buns

Chinese Steamed Pork Buns Recipe - TipBuzz

If you want to make sure that your pork steamed buns are absolutely perfect, here are a few tips for making them

READ MORE  How to make Spinach, Feta and Curd Pie with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

1. Start by marinating the pork overnight in a mixture of soy sauce, sugar, and cornstarch. This will add lots of flavor to the meat and make it soft and tender.

2. Next, steam the buns until they’re just slightly warm but still firm to the bite. This ensures that they’ll be fluffy and rich in flavor.

3. Finally, let them cool slightly before serving so that they taste even better!

The Best Fillings For Chinese Pork Steamed Buns

Steamed BBQ Pork Buns (Char Siu Bao) Recipe - The Woks of Life

When it comes to Chinese pork steamed buns, there are a number of different fillings that can be used. Some of the more popular options include pickled vegetables, shrimp paste, and shredded cabbage. However, there are many other possible fillings that could also be a hit with your taste buds. Here are some chef’s recommendations for the best fillings for Chinese pork steamed buns:

– Shredded carrots: This is an easy and delicious filling that will add sweetness and crunch to the bun.

– Pickled vegetables: There are a variety of different types of pickled vegetables available, so you’re sure to find one that suits your taste preferences.

– Fried onions: Another great option is fried onions. They provide a crispy texture and sweet flavor that will complement the other flavors in the bun perfectly.

– Roasted peanuts: Adding roasted peanuts to your pork steamed bun is not only delicious, but it also provides a bit of crunchy texture.

– Shrimp paste: If you’re looking for something extra flavorful, then shrimp paste is definitely an option worth considering. It adds a savory component to the bun that really makes it stand out from the rest.

READ MORE  how to make Lime Chicken Quesadillas with Bacon

While there are many possible fillings for Chinese pork steamed buns, these are just three examples of what might work best for you. As always, feel free to experiment and see what combinations work best for you!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating