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Homemade Savory Turnip Pau

by Angie Liew

These homemade savory turnip pau (steamed buns) are a delicious Asian treat and they are extremely easy to make. They do take some time, though. The dough needs to rise and you may need to steam the buns in batches if necessary. However, the savory turnip fillings (all vegetable version can be found here) can be made ahead of time, refrigerate and used when needed. Leftover buns can be refrigerated for 3 to 4 days or frozen for longer. You just need to re-steam them or pop them in the microwave for 20 to 30 seconds, making them a terrific option for quick breakfasts or work lunches.

Homemade Savory Turnip Pau

Recipe by Huang Kitchen, Angie Liew
These homemade savory turnip pau (steamed buns) are a delicious Asian treat and they are extremely easy to make.
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time1 hour 15 minutes

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Servings: 18 buns


  • 500 g Pau flour
  • 130 g sugar
  • 250 g water
  • 1 tbsp instant yeast
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp shortening


    • Prepare ingredients to make the skin of the pau or steamed buns.
    • First place the pau flour into a mixing bowl.
    • Then add sugar.
    • And baking powder.
    • Lastly add in the yeast.
    • Using the hook attachment, mix all the dry ingredients together.
    • Add water just enough to get a soft dough.
    • Knead on medium speed about 5 minutes, just to mix the water and flour together.
    • Then add in the white shortening.
    • Continue kneading on medium speed for another 8 to10 minutes, until the dough is soft, smooth, elastic and does not stick to the sides of the mixing bowl or to your fingers.
    • Remove dough from mixing bowl onto a floured surface and briefly knead again till all is evenly distributed. And you have the basic dough for making pau (buns).
    • Divide the smooth dough in half. Roll into long cylindrical shapes.
    • Cut the dough into 50g each.
    • Continue to weigh the rest of the dough into 50g each and shape into balls.
    • Roll each ball into a flat circle with a small rolling pin.
    • Do the same for the rest of the round balls.
    • Have ready the savory turnip fillings prepared earlier.
    • Spoon in filling into each flattened dough.
    • Gather the edges of the flat dough together.
    • Shape it into pleated pau (bun).
    • And we're done! Place the pleated pau onto cut parchment or greaseproof paper. If you do not want to cut parchment paper, you can use flattened white cupcake liners instead.
    • Place the pleated pau (buns) onto steaming tray or plate (with holes to allow steam to pass).
    • Leave to prove until double in size, about 20 to 30 minutes.
    • When about time to steam the buns, boil some water in a wok or steamer.
    • Place the buns on steaming tray into the wok.
    • Cover and steam over high heat for 15 minutes.
    • Off the heat and leave the buns for about 3 minutes before uncovering to cool on rack. This is to prevent wrinkle or rough skin.
    • Transfer steamed buns onto rack to cool before serving.
    • Serve the steamed buns warm in dim sum baskets, if available.
    • These soft and fluffy yet a little chewy savory buns look real gorgeous and taste so delicious.
    • Can't wait to take a bite! So ... Enjoy!


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Do not overcrowd your steamer. Steam the buns in batches if necessary.
These steamed buns can be made into mantou (plain), hence there is no filling used. Just roll into a long cylinder, slice into 1 inch pieces and steam as is.
Also, if you prefer something sweet, just replace the savory turnip fillings with any sweet filling you desire.
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So … Enjoy!

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Anthony Tong November 2, 2020 - 8:07 pm

Want to do pau. Where to get the ingredients?

Angie Liew November 5, 2020 - 9:42 am

The flour and other ingredients can be easily bought in most grocery shops or bakery shops that sell baking products.

Caroline Tan May 15, 2020 - 8:14 am

Hi. Intend to use your recipe but there is no mention of resting or proofing times. Do we just make, roll, fill, form and steam right away?

Angie Liew May 15, 2020 - 11:15 pm

Hi, please go to my website at http://www.huangkitchen.com for the full details of the recipe.

Azizazman September 7, 2015 - 5:58 am

What is a pau flour ? And are the flour premix with other ingredients . If using a regular flour what are the different . Thanks

huangkitchen September 8, 2015 - 12:02 am

Pau flour is actually a low protein flour. You can substitute with cake flour if pau flour is not available. Hope this helps. Thanks.

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