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  • Writer's pictureEmily Yeo

Steamed Flower Buns

My dearest grandma 奶奶 used to make basketfuls of these basic Chinese steamed buns, known as mantou 饅頭, and feed them to us hungry children day in and day out, filling our hungry growing tummies with this sweet fluffy bread. While you can buy mantou buns from Chinese grocery stores or restaurants, they are very easy to make at home.



I remember back in my grandma days when stand mixer or bread maker wasn’t available yet, the big bulk of the task of making soft fluffy and smooth steamed buns lie on the kneading the dough. Lots of kneading! If you have a stand mixer to knead the dough for you, then that’s really good!



My vegan steamed flower bun recipe calls for only four (4) basic main ingredients below:

  • all-purpose flour

  • water

  • sugar

  • yeast

  • baking powder

  • oil

The “yeast+baking powder” method requires only one proofing process. You can shape the buns right after the dough is formed. Just leave the buns to rise for about 30 minutes before steaming. It’s a better recipe in terms of efficiency and simplicity thus good for busy or novice home cooks.


IF YOU EVER GIVE THIS RECIPE A TRY, DO LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW AND/OR TAG @FRUITYEMZ AND HASHTAG #FRUITYEMZ ON YOUR INSTAGRAM POST! I WOULD LOVE TO SEE ALL YOUR YUMMY CREATIONS 🙂

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