Wholemeal Vegetable Steamed Buns 全麦菜包子

by Angie Liew
Wholemeal Vegetable Steamed Buns

A Healthier and Wholesome Version of Chinese Steamed Buns (包子)

Wholemeal Vegetable Steamed Buns is definitely a healthy version of Chinese Steamed Buns (Baozi). Why? That’s because it uses wholemeal flour and the filling for these buns is purely vegetable, with no meat at all. With the wholemeal grain, the texture of these buns may not be as refined and soft as the normal steamed buns. However, these buns are actually rather delicious, with a soft and chewy bite in every mouthful.

For the filling, do refer to our earlier recipe on Stir Fried Yam Bean.

Wholemeal Vegetable Steamed Buns

Wholemeal Vegetable Steamed Buns

Wholemeal Vegetable Steamed Buns

Wholemeal Vegetable Steamed Buns 全麦菜包子

Recipe by Huang Kitchen, Angie Liew
This is a healthy version of chinese steamed buns. It's soft, chewy and nutritious too with added wholemeal flour and toasted sesame seeds.
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time1 hr 45 mins
Servings: 22 buns

Ingredients

  • 400 gram Pau flour, any low protein flour (cake flour)
  • 100 gram wholemeal flour
  • 1 tbsp instant yeast
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 100 gram sugar
  • 3 tbsp shortening
  • 250 gram water
  • 2 tbsp white sesame seeds, toasted
  • 1 tbsp Black Sesame Seeds, toasted
  • 1 tbsp double action baking powder, sifted

    Instructions

    • Wholemeal Vegetable Steamed Buns
      Start by cooking the yam bean filling for these steamed buns.
    • Wholemeal Vegetable Steamed Buns
      To make the wholemeal buns, prepare all the ingredients needed to make the dough.
    • Wholemeal Vegetable Steamed Buns
      Also toast some black and white sesame seeds.
    • Wholemeal Vegetable Steamed Buns
      In a mixing bowl of a stand mixer, add in pau flour, wholemeal flour and salt.
    • Wholemeal Vegetable Steamed Buns
      Using a wire whisk, mix thoroughly the salt into the flour.
    • Wholemeal Vegetable Steamed Buns
      Then continue to add in sugar and the dry yeast.
    • Wholemeal Vegetable Steamed Buns
      Mix everything together.
    • Wholemeal Vegetable Steamed Buns
      Then mix in the black and white sesame seeds.
    • Wholemeal Vegetable Steamed Buns
      Lastly add in the shortening.
    • Wholemeal Vegetable Steamed Buns
      Place the mixing bowl onto a stand mixer with a dough hook affixed. Slowly add in the water.
    • Wholemeal Vegetable Steamed Buns
      Knead until a soft, smooth and elastic dough is formed, about 5 minutes. The dough should leave the bowl clean and does not stick to the fingers when touch.
    • Wholemeal Vegetable Steamed Buns
      Transfer the smooth dough onto a medium size bowl.
    • Wholemeal Vegetable Steamed Buns
      Cover with a piece of damp kitchen towel and leave the dough to rise until double in size, about 30 to 40 minutes.
    • Wholemeal Vegetable Steamed Buns
      When dough has doubled in size, sieve double action baking powder on the top.
    • Wholemeal Vegetable Steamed Buns
      Knead well to distribute the baking powder and until the dough is smooth again.
    • Wholemeal Vegetable Steamed Buns
      Cover with the damp towel and allow the dough to rest for another 15 minutes.
    • Wholemeal Vegetable Steamed Buns
      Then transfer the dough onto a floured surface. Roll into a cylinder and cut into small pieces.
    • Wholemeal Vegetable Steamed Buns
      Divide the big dough into small portions (22 pieces), each 40g
    • Wholemeal Vegetable Steamed Buns
      To make sure all the buns are of the same size, weigh each small dough.
    • Wholemeal Vegetable Steamed Buns
      Shape the small pieces of dough into small balls.
    • Wholemeal Vegetable Steamed Buns
      Roll to flatten out each small ball into a round shape.
    • Wholemeal Vegetable Steamed Buns
      Add 1 tablespoon of filling in the centre of the flattened dough.
    • Wholemeal Vegetable Steamed Buns
      Form pleats in dough by gathering the edges and pinch to seal.
    • Wholemeal Vegetable Steamed Buns
      Place finished buns on parchment papers or cupcake liners.
    • Wholemeal Vegetable Steamed Buns
      Leave to prove again for another 15 minutes.
    • Wholemeal Vegetable Steamed Buns
      Meanwhile prepare steamer to steam the bun by heating up water in a wok. Bring the water to a boil.
    • Wholemeal Vegetable Steamed Buns
      Place the buns on the steamer.
    • Wholemeal Vegetable Steamed Buns
      Cover and steamed over high heat for 15 minutes. When done, open the lid of steamer a little to let steam escape. Wait for about 5 minutes before removing buns from the steamer.
    • Wholemeal Vegetable Steamed Buns
      The buns will almost double in size when cooked. And we're done!
    • Wholemeal Vegetable Steamed Buns
      Immediately transfer the steamed buns to cool on wire rack.
    • Wholemeal Vegetable Steamed Buns
      Once cooled, trim the edges of baking liners on the buns, if required.
    • Wholemeal Vegetable Steamed Buns
      These soft and chewy buns are best eaten hot.

Enjoy!

Notes

Do not overcrowd the steamer. Steam the buns in batches if necessary.
Always cool the buns before storing in airtight containers.
Before serving, reheat buns for 10 minutes as buns taste better when hot.

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