Steamed Pork Buns (China)

These buns are cooked in bamboo steamers which are available in Chinese and gourmet cookware stores. The steamers are available in various sizes separately or in sets of two or three tiers. For cooking, the covered steamer(s) is placed over boiling water in a wok or large saucepan.

Steamed Pork Buns


  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 8 ounces Barbecued Pork
  • 4 scallions
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons grated pared fresh ginger root
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • Water


  1. Combine hoisin sauce, oyster sauce, soy sauce and sesame oil. Chop pork and scallions finely. Heat vegetable oil in wok or fry pan over high heat. Stir fry ginger and garlic in the oil 1 minute. Stir in hoisin mixture. Cook and stir for 2 minutes. Combine 1/2 cup of the water and the cornstarch. Blend into hoisin mixture. Cook and stir until liquid boils. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 2 minutes. Stir in pork and onions. Remove from heat. Cool completely.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder and salt in large bowl. Cut or rub in shortening until mixture resembles bread crumbs. Combine remaining 3/4 cup of the water and the vinegar. Mix water-vinegar into flour until dough sticks together. Shape dough into ball. Knead on lightly floured surface 6 or 8 times. Cover with plastic wrap and let stand for 20 minutes.
  3. Uncover and knead 4 or 5 times. Divide dough into 12 equal portions. Shape each portion into a smooth ball. Roll each ball of dough on lightly floured surface into a 5 to 6 inch diameter circle. Brush around edges lightly with water. Spoon a heaping tablespoon of pork mixture onto center of each circle. Carefully pinch edges together to seal dough around filling. Bring the two ends of dough over the seam and pinch together.
  4. Cut wax paper into twelve (5 inch) squares. Brush one side of paper lightly with oil. Place a bun, seam side down, on each square. Place buns with paper in single layer on steamer rack over boiling water. Cover and steam buns until done, about 20 minutes.

Yield: 12 servings