Friday, 17 March 2017

Easy to make Chinese steamed plain bun or bread aka Chinese Mantou (馒头) which is soft, light, fluffy and chewy

Mantou (馒头) is a traditional Chinese plain steamed bun or bread and is a staple food in Northern China where wheat, rather than rice, is grown. Only few ingredients are used to make this sweet, light and, fluffy bun. This traditional Chinese Mantou (馒头) is delicious eaten on its own. It can be eaten with meat or vegetables stuffed inside the buns.
Mantou (馒头) is very popular in China and is usually eaten with soup or porridge for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It is soft and the texture is very smooth.  Give this a try and you will love it!
Ingredients :
- 500g all-purpose flour (I used unbleached flour)
- 1 teaspoon instant dried yeast
- 2 tablespoons sugar (adjust accordingly)
- 1 tbsp of softened butter
- 250ml water (adjust accordingly if required)
- a pinch of salt

                                                 Before                                                                         After
Method :
1) Put all the ingredients except butter as per your bread machine instruction.

2) Press dough function and let it knead.

3) When the dough is smooth, add in butter and continue the kneading process.

4) Let the dough rest for about 30 minutes or double in size.

5) Take out the dough, punch out the air and lightly hand knead it on a floured surface .

6) Divide the dough into two or three portions as you wished. Then. roll the dough into a rectangle and then roll into Swiss roll like. Cut as per the above pictures.

7) Place the cut buns on a greaseproof paper and let it rest for 15 minutes.

8) Steam over rapid boiling water over high heat for 13 minutes.

9) Serve warm.

Note :
You can refrigerate or freeze the steamed mantous in a container or plastic bag.  Just reheat it in a steamer whenever you want it.

Freshly Steamed Mantou (馒头)
Soft, light, fluffy and chewy ...
It's plain but delicious
Other Mantous you may like. Just click at the image for the recipe.



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