Bao Buns

What is a Bao Bun?

These fluffy, airy buns are made from a simple yeasted dough that has been formed into half-moon shapes and steamed. They are a common side dish served at Chinese restaurants.

Simple Ingredients

You'll only need a few ingredients to make this easy recipe. Let's round them up and get started!

Make the Dough

Mix together flour, sugar, yeast, salt, warm water, milk, and vegetable oil. Stir to form a shaggy dough.

Knead the Dough

On a floured surface, knead the dough until it is smooth and elastic.

Let It Rise

Place dough in a greased mixing bowl and turn it to coat it in oil. Cover and let rise until doubled in size.

Cut the Dough

Knead the dough for a few minutes, roll it out into a large rectangle, and cut it into circles.

Shape Into Buns

Fold each circle in half. Press down to seal. Cover and let rest for 30 minutes.

Steam the Buns

Steam the buns for 10-12 minutes over boiling water in a steamer lined with parchment paper.


Serve warm, with a delicious dipping sauce or as a side dish to other Chinese classics.

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