Fluffy Steamed Bun Success

I have finally found success in my quest to create dim-sum style fluffy steamed buns.  The guys behind the counter at Tran’s World Market clued me in that their mother uses Vinh Thuan’s Bot Banh Bao Dumpling Flour to make her show stopping pork buns.  This flower is definitely the secret weapon, it makes beautifully fluffy steamed bao.

I filled the bao with an Impossible Meat based version of the Korean Burger in Robin Ha’s “Cook Korean: A comic book with recipes“.   This is a really good cookbook that I enjoyed reading as a manga and I have made a bunch of the recipes, which all out great.  For the bao filling I made golf-ball sized “meat” balls that I pan fried, let cool and then wrapped in dough made from Bot Banh Bao flour.  For the dough I just followed the recipe and bao making instructions on the back of the package.  Here is the recipe that I adapted from Robin Ha.



  • 1 package of Impossible Ground Meat
  • 1/2 small onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1.5 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp sweet vermouth
  • 1/2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 3/4 ounce Just Egg
  • 1 teaspoon ground Korean chili flakes

Very finely chop the onion and garlic.  Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl and then form 4-5 meat balls.  Pan fry the meat balls so they are browned on the outside and just cooked through.  Let the meat balls cool to room temperature.  Follow the instructions on the Bot Banh Bao flour to make the dough and make the bao stuffed with the meat ball.  Place three bao in a regular bamboo steamer that fits in a wok.  When these bao steam they will plump up a lot and nearly double in size.

The bao can be refrigerated or frozen and then heated up in a micro-wave.  They are even better when you additionally pan fry the bottom of the buns.

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2 Responses to Fluffy Steamed Bun Success

  1. psmyth says:

    In the US, White Lily a plain all purpose very soft (low protein, 9%; like pastry flour) flour that is widely available and should work well for steamed buns. You will have to add your own yeast and or baking powder. It also comes in a self-rising version that already contains baking powder. White Lily is similar to other Asian export plain (i.e. no added baking powder or yeast) dumpling flours which are about 8-9% protein–and likely have added starch to soften them. https://www.whitelily.com/flour-101#all-purpose-flour-overview

    Vinh Thuan Dumpling flour is likely based on a soft pastry flour similar to White Lily and has added tapioca starch (flour), to soften it, in addition to the baking powder and instant yeast that have also been added for convenience. If tapioca starch or corn starch are not available, rice starch will also work..

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