Chinese Steamed Bun - Mantou Recipe

Chinese Steamed Bun - Mantou Recipes

Ingredients :

21 ounces all-purpose flour

5.2 ounces cake wheat flour

2 tsp yeast

1.5 tbsp sugar

2 tbsp lard

1.5 tsp white vinegar

2 cups warm water (60-70F)

Method :

1. Melt sugar in warm water. Add yeast. Let stand for 7 minutes. There will be bubbles.

2. Mix the flours well. Add lard, white vinegar and the yeast mixture to the flour to make a dough. Place it in a basin. Press the dough with your fingers to make some holes. Sprinkle some water on top. Cover the basin Let stand for 4 hours. The leavened dough should be three times as large as large as the original.

3. Knead the leavened dough again till smooth and shiny. Roll it into a long shape that is 3 inches in diameter. Cut with knife into 2-inch long sections.

4. Cover all sections with damp cloth. Let stand for 25 minutes. Put into steamer. Steam over high heat for 20 minutes. Serve.

5. If you want the mantou to be more elastic, add some flour to the cut sections. Knead each one well. Make into round shapes, then steam it.


- When making leavened dough, remember to knead again after it has expanded. Flour can be added during your second kneading if the dough is too sticky.

- When kneading dough for mantao, use a pressing motion rather than a rubbing or pushing motion as when washing clothes.

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