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  • Writer's pictureEmily Yeo

Purple Sweet Potato Mantou

Updated: May 6, 2020

How can anyone resist freshly steamed Chinese steamed buns, let alone one that comes in light purple and bordering pinkish hue? These vegan purple sweet potato mantou or Chinese/Oriental Steamed Buns are made with purple sweet potato flesh have a nice purple-ish colour. They also have a mild sweet flavour with soft and fluffy texture. Purple sweet potato always wins my heart by its elegant colour and simplifies for cooking. If you love the bright purple colour the same as me, try to use it in breads and buns.



Chinese mantou (馒头) is one of the best things I love—they are basically yeast-based steamed buns steamed to perfection. Hot-off-the-steamer, Chinese mantou is soft, fluffy, pillowy, and sinking your teeth into it is absolutely amazing and delightful. Whenever I go back to Singapore, I would always buy these warm, fluffy, sweet, and soft mantou from the various steamed bun vendors dotting the kopitiam (local coffee shops), markets, roadsides, gas stations, night markets, etc. They are absolutely delightful.



I love them as a snack, too. Unfortunately, in Australia, the only similar steamed buns that I could find there are the frozen and plain mantou in the Chinese grocery stores. There are no sweet potato mantous. I always miss them. After spending some serious time in the kitchen, plus a huge dose of patience. It was a success. Verdict: taste really good, soft fluffy texture, and most importantly, cannot suppress the smile as I bite into the soft fluffy purple/pink buns.


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