Mushroom Steamed Buns are probably the cutest bao you can find out there. They look just like real shiitake mushrooms, down to even the stems. They are one of the most popular dim sum in Hong Kong, and I was always amazed by how realistic they look. And guess what? They are very easy to make at home too. You don’t need any types of equipment, but mainly your hands. If you want to be more creative, you can add real mushroom fillings as well. But I promise that the plain ones are just as delicious, especially dipping with condensed milk.
How to Make Steamed Buns or Mantou?
Knead by Hand
It took me a few trials before getting a smooth dough by hand. To make this process easier, you can rest the dough for 5 to 10 minutes. Once all the ingredients are roughly combined, cover the dough with a plastic wrap before resting. This process allows the dough fully absorb the moisture, which makes the dough easier to knead afterwards.
Use a Stand Mixer
If you have a stand mixer, this process becomes straightforward. Knead on low speed for 5 to 8 minutes, depending on the size of the dough. You might want to keep an eye out to see the state of the dough. Once the dough becomes smooth, bring it out and knead for 1 more minute.
Where can I buy the Bamboo Steamers?
In this recipe, I used the Always Pan and Spruce Steamer from Our Place, and I simply use them to proof and steam the buns in one go. It is advertised to replace 8 different kitchen accessories. It is also easy to clean and non-stick. The Spruce Steamer is a separate accessory, and it comes with a pair of long bamboo chopsticks and 15 paper liners. It is easy to clean, and you can also use it to steam other dishes as well. I love how the steamer can just stack on the pan, which is great for storage. You can get $10 off using the code “REGINA10” at checkout.
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