Bao, also known as Baozi, Mantou, or steamed buns is a meal consisting of a soft, white, warm, slightly sweet bun with a delicious filling of some sort on the inside. Unlike dumplings, bao buns are made with leavened dough and yeast, before they are steamed. Chinese Bao buns have been around for hundreds of years and traditionally consist of combinations of meat and vegetarian fillings. Luckily, there are endless combinations of easy, veganized recipes that are just as tasty!
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1. Pulled Oyster Mushroom Bao Burger
If you’re looking to seriously step up your burger game, this Asian fusion Pulled Oyster Mushroom Bao Burger by Melina Kutelas is definitely worth your time. Steaming a yeast dough instead of baking it is actually something pretty genius. It just leaves you with the softest and juiciest bread you can imagine — kind of like biting into a cloud.
2. BBQ Lentil Baozi
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Like pretty much all things in life, baozi are better made from scratch. This BBQ Lentil Baozi recipe by Kathleen Henry does the trick perfectly in a sweet homemade BBQ sauce, all nestled inside a warm and pillowy soft steamed bun. What’s better than a baozi? Not much.
3. Dou Sha Bao: Chinese Red Bean Paste Buns
Red bean paste is a sweet staple of many traditional Chinese desserts and pastries. These Dou Sha Bao: Chinese Red Bean Paste Buns by Daphne Goh are made from wildly healthy Adzuki beans, the paste is nutrient-rich and full of antioxidants, so not only are these buns delicious, they’re healthy too!
4. Spicy Tofu Steamed Buns
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These Spicy Tofu Steamed Buns by Niki Webster are inspired by those soft, chewy buns you can order at Chinese restaurants and convenience stores. The tofu filling of these buns is marinated in a spicy, umami sauce so that it fully takes on the flavors and the buns are tender and coconutty.
5. Chinese Steamed Custard Buns
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In Chinese cuisine, bao is a type of steamed bun that includes a variety of fillings. While there are countless different fillings used for these types of buns, these Chinese Steamed Custard Buns by Daphne Goh go for a sweet custard.
6. Teriyaki Mushroom Bao
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7. Chinese Bao Buns
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These Chinese Bao Buns by Pavani Nandula are steamed little breads stuffed with spicy & sweet jackfruit fruit and crunchy veggies. They are quite easy to make – if you know how to knead dough, then you can make them.
8. Steamed Chinese Bao With Peanut Butter
9. Chinese Steamed Buns (Mantou)
Source: Chinese Steamed Buns (Mantou)
Mantou are plain steamed buns with no fillings and are traditionally consumed in Northern China as a staple food in contrast to rice as a staple food in Southern China. They are normally eaten plain and also commonly served as a side dish. This recipe for Chinese Steamed Buns (Mantou) is by Daphne Goh.
10. Five Spice Baozi Delicious Steamed Buns
11. Easy Chinese Steamed Buns
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12. Sweet Gochujang Tempeh Bao
Source: Sweet Gochujang Tempeh Bao
Homemade bao are truly a treat. These Sweet Gochujang Tempeh Bao by Francesca Bonadonna are a little bit sweet and so delicious. Filled with a sweet and spicy tempeh and crunchy vegetables, they make a wonderful snack or light lunch!
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