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Steamed Corn Flour Bun With Vegetables

I was intended to make steamed buns with vegetable fillings inside, called Cai Tuan Zi in Chinese. It turned out corn flour is really hard to deal with. So I changed it into my special way.

corn flour 230g

plain flour 20g

hot water 200 ml.

yeast 3 g

warm water 30g

  1. Mix corn flour and flour in a big bowl. Add in hot water while stirring. and cool down.
  2. Dissolve yeast in warm water. Add yeast water into the flour mixture. Knead into dough.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap and let it rest for 30 mins.


spinach 200g

medium carrot 1

thick glass noodles (boil in water till almost cooked)

black fungus.

Add in 2 tbsp light soy sauce, 1 tbsp oyster sauce, 2 tsp salt, 2 tsp sesame oil and my special ingredient Sichuan pepper oil (fry 1 tsp sichuan pepper in 2 tbsp oil till aromatic and discard the pepper corn)

Of course, you can choose meat as filling, which I think will be easier to deal with than vegetables, since minced meat can be rolled into small balls.

Divide dough into 12 small dough balls. Press them flat and add in filling, then close up. That’s my original plan. Yet I found corn flour is less sticky and cannot be closed up. So I mix dough with vegetable filling. And divide them into smaller balls. Roll them in corn flour and that’s how I made my cai tuan zi. 🙂

steam them over boiling water for 15 mins.

They taste better than I imagined. And sure they are healthy.


Small Honey Buns

When I was in high school, this honey bun was very popular. I remember that we needed to start our morning lesson at about 6:30 AM. We studied for about 1 hr by ourselves. Then at 7 AM, we had 1 hour to rest and have breakfast. Actually 1 hour isn’t enough for most of the students to finish their breakfast before 8 AM, since there were so many lining in the school canteen. So to save more time, some students chose to buy bread in the store instead, which is very convenient. My friends and I usually bought this honey buns. The best part is the crispy honey and sesame bottom layer.


bread flour 200g

sugar 25g

egg 1

honey 10g

vegetable oil 10g

yeast 2 g

milk 70g

salt 1 pinch

  1. Add yeast into warm milk. Stir a bit and let it rest for 2 mins.
  2. Beat egg into a big bowl. Add in sugar, honey, oil and salt. Mix well.
  3. Add flour into the egg honey mixture.
  4. Add in milk while stirring the flour.
  5. Knead everything into a dough. Keep kneading for about 20 mins.
  6. Put dough in a warm place. Let it rise 2 times big.
  7. Knead the dough and press the sir out. Cut it into 8 smaller dough balls.
  8. Cover the dough balls with plastic and let them rest for 5 mins.
  9. Flatten dough into oval shape. Roll from one end to another.
  10. Cut in the middle.
  11. In a small bowl, mix 1/2 tbsp flour, 1/2 tbsp sugar and 1/2 tbsp white sesame. Prepare a little water in another bowl.
  12. Dip the roll into the water first. then the white sesame with the cut side down.
  13. Brush baking pan with oil. Arrange them into the baking pan.
  14. Let them rise again till about 1.5 times big.
  15. preheat oven to 180 Degree C.
  16. bake for 15 mins.
  17. In a bowl, add in 1 tbsp water and 1 tsp honey.
  18. Brush honey water onto them. and bake for another 5 mins.

Look at my ugly buns.  🙂

The crispy white sesame bottom is exactly what I want.

Pork Floss & Spring Onion Bun

I made pork floss the other day, and the idea of making pork floss & spring onion bun came to me. I don’t have much experience of making bread. So I search on YouTube and found this video:

I just followed this recipe.

If you want to make pork floss at home, you can please refer to my previous blog:


For those who cannot read Chinese, I can help to do some translation:

Ingredients for bread

salt 2g

sugar 10g

yeast 4g

egg 1

butter 20g

bread flour 230g

water 100g

  1. dissolve yeast in warm water and rest for 10 mins.
  2. Mix all dry ingredients.
  3. Combine all ingredients above except butter till it become a dough.
  4.  Cut butter into the dough. Two options: bread machine or by your hands. I knead the dough by my hands. I was kneading it and watching a TV drama at the same time. The whole kneading process last for 1 and a half episode.
  5. Place the dough in a bowl, cover with plastic warp and let it rise till 2 times big.
  6. Flatter it into a disc. Put it into a 27×27 baking pan.
  7. Place the baking pan into oven, with a big bowl of hot water underneath. Let the dough rise again till 2 times big.
  8. Preheat oven to 180 degree c.
  9. Brush dough with egg. Sprinkle white sesame and spring onion (green part).
  10. Into the oven and bake for 12 mins.
  11. Cut bread into squares or whatever shape you like.
  12. Take two pieces of them. Brush the back with mayonnaise. Sprinkle a little pork floss. Stick them together. Then brush the edges with mayonnaise, dip in pork floss.


I was very generous with pork floss and used all the pork floss I made before. I have to admit that my bread is not so soft as the ones sold in bakery shop. My husband still like them though.

Red Bean Bun

I’m a red bean fan. I love almost everything about red bean. This red bean bun needs red bean paste. I used the one bought from supermarket.


Bread flour 200g

Sugar 18g

Salt 2.5g

Yeast 3g

Butter 15g

Water 100-120g

Red bean paste 300g
1. Mix flour, sugar, salt, and yeast in a bowl.

2. Pour water in and stir with chopsticks at the same time. 

3. Knead all ingredients into a dough.

4. Cut butter in. Keep kneading till butter is fully absorbed.

5. Put dough in the bowl. Wrap with plastic and let it rise till 2 times big.

6. Press the air out and divide dough into 6 small balls.

7. Press each ball flat. Put a red bean ball (50g) in the center. Wrap it up. Then place red bean buns on a baking pan. Into the oven with a big bowl of hot water under it.

8. Let it rise till 1.5 times big.

9. Preheat oven to 190 degree C. Sprinkle black sesame on the bun. Place a pan on the top of them to press them a bit.

In the oven and bake for 18 mins.

A little crispy outside but really soft and sweet inside. I love them.

Rou Jia Mo – Chinese Hamburger 

Rou Jia Mo is one of typical Shananxi food in Chinese cuisine. It’s also one of my most missing Chinese food. There are two parts of this dish: Mo (bun outside) and Rou (meat inside).

For the Mo part:

Flour 250g

Yeast 3.5 g

Baking powder 1.5 g

Warm water 135g

Salt 1.5g

Mix all the ingredients above into a dough. Place it in a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap or wet towel and let it rest for 1 hour.

For the Rou part:

Pour enough water in a pot. Also put pork belly in. When water boils, turn off stove and take pork out. Rinse and drain.

Place pork in a deep pot again. Pour in enough hot water. Add in 2 tsp light soy sauce, 1.5 tsp dark soy sauce, 2 tsp cooking wine, several sugar cubes, Chinese scallion, ginger slices, star anise, bayleaf  and 1 tsp salt.

First turn to high heat. When it boils, turn to low heat. And braise for 2 hours. So that pork will be really really soft and can melt in your mouth.
While pork is on stove, prepare Mo again.

Devide the dough into several small ones. Brush them with a little oil on the surface. Let them rest for 15 mins. Roll it with rolling pin into a long one. Then roll from one side to the other. Make it into a small dough ball again. Let them rest for another 10 mins. Then press them gently to become thinner.

Heat a pan on a stove with medium heat.

Place Mo into the pan.

Fry each side for 2-3 mins or till lightly golden brown.

Preheat oven to 150 degree C. And bake for 10 mins.

Then the Mo is ready.

Back to Rou again.

When the pork is cooked.

Chop them into a bit minced. Add in a little chopped spring onion or green chili. Sprinkle pork’s sauce.

The Rou part is also ready.

Cut Mo in the middle, not completely cut them open.

Stuff pork inside.

And the Rou Jia Mo is ready.

I must confess that mine Rou Jia Mo is not as good as the ones I had in China. But my husband still loves them.
Original recipe:


Pan Fried Pork Bun

Dough wrapper:

200g flour, a little yeast, a little baking soda mix with water into a dough. Wrap with plastic for 20-30 mins.
Pork filling:

Minced pork 250g mix with light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, salt, sesame oil, chopped spring onion, chopped ginger, Ground assorted spice and a little sugar.

Mix them well.
Divide dough into small pieces. And make each piece into wrapper.

Then put some pork filling in the center.

Wrap the pork filling tightly.

Heat some oil in the pan. Put bun in the pan with the top down.

When the bottom turn golden brown. Add in water as high as 1/2 bun’s height.

Cover the pan with lid. Till the water dry.
Sprinkle some black sesame and chopped spring onion.

Black Sesame Round Bun And Mini-burger 

I promised my husband that I would make hamburger for him. And I tried the other day.
First, I baked black sesame round bun.


Bread flour around 160g

Plain flour around 40g

Sugar around 30g
Salt around 3 g
Yeast around 3 g
Add in milk around 60g and 3/4 of one egg.

1. When everything mixed well, add in black sesames. And keep kneading until the dough becomes less sticky.

2. Cut in 15g butter. Just knead, knead and knead. If you are really stressed out recently, it’s a good way to release your negetive energy outwardly. You can even punch the dough. When the butter is completely absorbed by the dough, you can stop and take a rest. Kneading really takes a while.

3. Cover the bowl with a wrap or wet towel until it expands to 1.5 or twice of its size.

4. Divide the dough into several little even-sized dough. Knead them to let the inside air out and make them in round shape.

5. Put the small dough on the baking pan and put the baking pan into the oven. Place a bowl of hot water under the baking pan. If the water gets cold, replace it with another bowl of hot water.

When the small dough expands again to 1.5 or twice of their size, they can be taken out.

6. Brush the dough with the rest 1/4 egg.

7. Preheat the oven with 180 degree C. And bake them for around 18 mins.

The bun part is done.

I cut the round bun into two parts. In the middle I put carriage, tomato slice, cheese and pork chop. And make them mini-hamburgers.

You can design your own burger with this round bun, and of course you can make it bigger if you want.

This round bun can also be good if you just spread jam in it.