July 09, 2015

Yam bean Pumpkin Steam Buns 沙葛南瓜包子

Best recipe for everyone event is baking and cooking with pumpkin this July.

It is a post together time for BRFE today. We are sharing pumpkin 'Bao zi'. Literally mean pumpkin steam bun in Chinese. I choose to share my old recipe which I love very much. The skin of this 'Bao zi' recipe is soft and the texture of the boa zi is fine and a little bit chewy.

I was thinking of making some chicken char xiu bao zi (bbq chicken steam buns) for my boys to bring to school. When I dig in my freezer for chicken fillet ... Oops! chicken fillet is out of stock. No choice. I switch to make yam bean and mince meat bao zi. I have some yam bean and  2 packs of mince meat so this is the only ingredients for this simple pumpkin steam buns. Although it is simple but they are tasty :D

Yam bean Pumpkin Steam Buns
Recipe adapted from here  (revisit)
Makes 14 

Ingredients for steam bun skin:
A. (mixed just prior to using)
2 tsp instant yeast
100-120ml water (i use 110ml)

280g pau flour 
100g icing sugar
20g shortening (i use Crisco)
160g sweet potato - peel, steam and mash whist hot  (i use pumpkin - washed, peeled, cut into cube and put into a mircowave safe plate. Sprinkle some water onto the pumpkin and cover with a lit then mircowave on high for 5 minutes,)
1 tsp double action baking powder

 For skin:
  • Combine ingredients B in the big mixing bowl. Add in ingredients A, mix well invert onto a work top and knead with your palms for 2 minutes till dough is shinny and soft. Return the dough into the big mixing bowl (oiled it) cover with a piece of cloth, proof for 30 minutes. Divide into 48g each part. (i add all the ingredients in the bread maker pan and let the machine do all the mixing and kneading. I use dough mode which take about 20 minutes)
  • Flatten a piece of round dough, rolled the middle thicker then the sides. Scoop in a tablespoon of the filling and wrapped up like a bao zi. Arrange onto the steaming rack and steam with medium heat for 10 minutes.
Yam bean filling: 
300g yam bean (peeled and cut into match strips 
200g mince meat (pork or chicken)
2 cloves garlic - finely chopped
3-4 pcs chinese mushroom, wash, soak and diced

1 tbsp light soy sauce
1/2 tsp dark soy sauce
1/4 tsp salt 
1/4 tsp chicken granules
dash of pepper
50,ml water, plus 1 tsp corn flour

To Do:
1. Heat up some oil in the wok. 
2. Add in chopped garlic, stir fry a while. Add in mince meat, stir fry till turn pale and no more pinkky color.
3. Add in yam bean, stir fry till it is slightly brown. Add in seasoning and mix well.
4. Taste to your liking. If you like it more to the salty side add a bit more light soy sauce and if you like it more to the sweet side add a bit of sugar.
5. Add in corn flour water, cook till it is slightly thicken.


I am submitting this to Best Recipes For Everyone #11, July 2015 event, "I have a Date with Pumpkin", organised by Fion of XuanHom's Mom Kitchen Dairy and co-hosted by Rachel of The Simple Life.


  1. 南瓜包。软软好吃哦! 这个mengkuang馅料。我 suka 也。。

  2. 南瓜包子好吃的哦!加上 mengkuang 馅料,我 suka 呢!

    1. Hi Jo,
      你也suka啊, 来来来一起吃。。哈哈~

  3. Yummy , the Bao Zi look nice ~
    Thanks for your link to BREE :)

    1. Hi Rachel,
      Thanks for having pumpkin as your theme for BRFE. Will have some more posts to link up!

  4. 那馅料好吸引人,是否还有剩呢?

    1. Fion, 当然有。

  5. Seeing these yummy pumpkin steam buns I feel like 'yum cha' now. Enjoy!

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