Steamed Buns (Warm Yummy Clouds)

This recipe does not need a steamer.  Can be done with a large pot and a colander.  


  • 1 tbl sp of active dry yeast
  • 3 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 3/4 cup of all purpose unbleached flour
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup warm milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbl sp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • Parchment paper
  • Really large pot


Mix together the yeast, 1 tsp sugar, 1/4 cup of flour, and 1/4 cup warm water and let sit for 25 minutes.  


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Heat up 1/2 cup of milk, once its warm add to 1 1/2 cups of flour, 2 tbl sp of sugar, salt and vegetable oil, Knead for a couple minutes.  Place in a greased bowl and let it rise for 2 hours.  It will appear doubled in size.

While that is sitting you can make the filling for the buns.  You can pretty much put anything in for filling.  I made a Thai peanut bean & kale filling and a separate pulled pork with BBQ sauce.

Thai peanut bean & kale filling Ingredients:

  • Save time by buying a non gmo Thai peanut sauce from the store (or make your own)
  • 1/2 can of black beans
  • small handful of kale
  • green onion
  • garlic powder
  • finely chopped carrot or shredded
  • 4 mushrooms chopped

Pulled Pork with BBQ sauce filling:

  • left over pulled pork
  • 1 tbl sp pickapeppa sauce
  • 1 cup natural ketchup (no HFCS)
  • 1 tbl sp brown sugar
  • 1 tbl sp hot pepper jelly

You can use some left over bbq sauce as dipping sauce for the buns but just add a little soy sauce to loosen it up.

Once it has doubled put on a floured surface add the baking powder and knead for a couple minutes.  Roll out on the surface but not too thin.  I used a 1 cup measuring cup to make circles on the dough.  Once you have a cut out circle place a spoons full of topping in there and fold the pastry around it.

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Put enough water in the large pot just enough so that when the colander sits in it there is no water getting into it. Get the water to a boil and then place the colander in it with the buns on top of the parchment paper.   With a large enough pot you can do two layers by putting a metal cheese grater on top of the first colander and putting another colander on top of it.  The buns will increase in size so make sure there’s enough room so that they do not stick together.  Cover the pot and cook for 20 minutes on medium heat.  

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