vegan steam-fried bao

vegan steam-fried bao

This recipe comes to us via San Francisco based Malaysian food pop-up @eatwithtracy & @damansarasf
Vegan Steam-Fried Bao with Potli Chili Oil
Yield: 12 pcs


  • Water Roux:
    • 20g All purpose flour
    • 100g water
  • Dough:
    • 1 TBSP Instant yeast
    • ~85g Water
    • 20g Sugar
    • 10g Vegetable oil
    • 300g All purpose flour
    • Pinch of salt
    • Sesame seed (optional)
    • Cooking oil
  • Filling: A total of 2 packed cups of any filling of choice. I used: mushrooms, cabbage, yuba, carrot, wakame, celery, chopped nuts.
  • Potli Chili Oil for dipping


1. Prepare filling ahead of time and let cool.

2. Whisk water roux together in a pan until smooth. Constantly stir and cook on medium-high heat until thickened. Cover and let cool to room temperature.

3.  In a small bowl, combine instant yeast with water & sugar. Let sit in a warm dark place for a few minutes.

4. In a mixing bowl, combine the rest of the dough ingredients with activated yeast and water roux. Knead on medium-low until dough forms a ball and doesn’t stick to the bowl anymore, about 15 minutes.

5. Divide dough into 12 equal balls. Cover and proof for 30 minutes in a warm place.

6. Roll each ball of dough into 3.5” circles, place about 2 TBSP of filling on each dough and pinch the edges to form a ball. Dab one side of the bun in a bowl of sesame seeds if desired. Vegan Steam-Fried Bao

7. Repeat with the remaining ingredients.

8. In a frying pan, heat some cooking oil and fry both sides of the buns on medium-high until golden brown.

9. Turn the heat up to high, add 1/3 cup hot water to the pan with the buns.

10. Cover and let steam-fry on medium-high for 12 minutes or until most of the water has evaporated.

11. Serve hot with chili oil.