Sunday, July 26, 2009

Vegetable Steamed Buns/Vegetable Bao

My family and I just love this type of steamed buns. I made these for our breakfast when my sisters were here. It was pretty simple as I used the ready mix steamed buns flour which you can get easily from the Asian grocery store. The steamed buns turn out to be real soft and the flavor of the fillings is just right, with a hint of pepper, a not too pungent smell of the dried shrimp and the right sweetness from the jicama.

For the dough:

1 packet of the steamed buns mix

Fillings Ingredients:

1 large jicama / sengkuang - julienned
1 carrot - julienned
8 dried Chinese mushroom - soaked and julienned
3 tbsp of dry shrimp – soaked and give a rough chopped (optional)
2 spring onions – finely diced
3 cloves garlic - chopped finely
1 cup of water


2 tbsp of oyster sauce
1 tbsp of chicken bouillon (optional)
1 tsp of white pepper
2 tbsp of soy sauce
Salt to taste
1/2 tsp of dark soy sauce


1 tsp of cornstarch
2 tbsp of water

1. Mix the dough according to the instruction on the packet. Set it aside to rest.
2. Heat up the frying pan; add about 2 tbsp of oil and sauté the garlic until fragrant and lightly brown. Add in the dried shrimp, stir fry for a few second and add in the jicama, carrots and mushrooms. Stir-fry for a minute and add in about 1 cup of water and all the seasoning.
3. Lower down the heat and let it simmered until the jicama and carrot are tender. Add in the thickening and stir well until it’s thickened.
4. Dish out and set it aside to cool before using it.
5. Divide dough into 12-14 pieces and roll into a ball. Flatten it and put a tablespoon of filling and seal the edges. Put the bun on top of the greaseproof paper and set aside to proof for 15 minutes.
6) Prepare a steamer with rapid boiling water, add a few drop of white vinegar to the water and steam the buns for 20 minutes. Serve warm

Few other recipes using the Steam Buns Mix :
Steamed Flower Buns
Steamed BBQ Buns II


Zue Murphy said...

I think ready to use steamed bun mix is a bless. Did you try add a tablespoon of vinegar in the boiling water to get really white bun?
I like the vegetables you use for the filling.

Dori said...

That filling looks awesome! Great breakfast :)

Anonymous said...

it looks so fluffy and good!

maybelles mom said...

i had no idea that the box mixed worked so weel, and that you could cook jicama. interesting.

Rachel Hei said...

The Steamed buns look so yummy. I think i am going to buy the ready mix steamed buns flour soon in the Asian store here, so i can try to make the bao..^_^

Kitchen Corner said...

I like steamed buns too! Your steamed buns looks like the commercial one! I think using the ready mix one would be much easier, i shall give it a try.

Little Corner of Mine said...

Yum, looks so good.

Noob Cook said...

looks so good. I hope I have the skills to make my own bao next time ;p

Chibog in Chief said...

This is so healhty!! I never imagined its possible to make a veggie buns! thanks for this delicious idea!

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

This remind me I still have half pkt of pau flour have not used, will try this vege pau soon. Your this pau look really yummy.

chakhlere said...

Hey! Those look yummy!
Yesterday only I ate BAO for the first time and I was wondering how they must be making it...and today I got the recipe!
Thanks very much for sharing it. Great clicks.

ICook4Fun said...

Zue, yes I did put a few drop of vinegar to the boiling water.

Meeso, thank you.

Blogresipi, yes it is :)

Maybelles, this mixed come in a packet and you can get it from the Asian store. I posted a picture of it at the link.

Rachel, yes do let me know if you like it :)

Kitchen Corner, yes is so much easier.

LCOM, thank you.

Noobcook, you actually don't need to much skill making this. Is easy :)

ICook4Fun said...

Dhanggit, do try this out. Is delicious!

Sonia, thank you.

Chakhlere, glad that you like the Bao. Hope you make some of your own.

Christelle said...

I never thought of making these, but I think I might give it a go now :)

Melissa said...

Hi, I love your recipes! Is there a substitute for jicama? I can't find it at my area.


kitchenchaos said...

Woooo, my big-time favorite!!! Using that ready mixed flour is such an eye-opener to me! I probably should try making some of these soon. Thanks for this great post! :)