Homemade Chinese Man Tou – 饅頭

Home Made Chinese Steamed Buns – Wan Tou

My brother-in-law came to visit, and as a welcome gift, I decided to make one of his favourites, which is Man Tou! The other thing he really likes is white rice, and that’s definitely harder to bring to the airport to greet with (in my opinion – without doing something fancy to it). So, I just made a small batch, and it’s quite simple!

Ingredients: (makes 8-10 small man tous)
3/4 tsp Yeast
1/2 cup Warm Water
2 cup Flour
1 tbsp Sugar
1 tsp Oil

First, you mix the yeast with the warm water, and give it time to activate. You can also use instant yeast, especially if you’re pressed on time. I was pressed on time, but didn’t have instant yeast – so my end results was a little more dense.

After the yeast had doubled, mix the sugar with the flour, then pour the yeast mixture and oil into the flour mixture as well. If you have an electric mixture, use the hook attachment and knead for about 10 minutes. If you’re like me, then just knead until the dough is soft, smooth and quite “silky”.

Now, you can roll out your dough into a rectangle, and roll up one end. Then, with a pastry cutter, cut the log into pieces and place on little squares of parchment paper.

Now, you can set up your steamer while the dough rises for about 20 minutes.

When you’re ready to steam, steam it for about 13 to 15 minutes if you’re making the large man tous, and 10-12 minutes for the little ones! Serve while hot!

Homemade Put Chai Ko – 砵仔糕

Home Made Boot Jai Goh – Chinese Pudding Cakes

I think I goofed up on this recipe, because it’s more “traditional” to use Chinese slab sugar, or at least rock sugar… or even brown sugar to get the colour. Regardless, you can just substitute the sugar. There’s nothing wrong with using white sugar either!

Ingredients: (makes 4-6)
1/2 cup Hot Water
2 tbsp Sugar
1/4 cup Cold Water
6 tbsp Rice Flour
2 tbsp tapioca starch
1/2 tsp almond extract

First thing is first – as this solution doesn’t like to wait for you… so, get the steamer ready so it’s ready! Also, cut some pieces of plastic wrap or tin foil so you can cover the little bowls before you place them into the steamer.

Now, you get to measure out your hot water and dissolve the sugar into the water.

Then, in another bowl, mix the cold water with the almond extract, rice flour and tapioca starch.

Then, combine the 2 solutions and mix well. When it’s combined thoroughly, I like to pour it into the measuring cup as it has a spout – making it easiest to pour. Now, pour this solution into the molds – and cover it with plastic wrap and place into the steamer immediately.

Fill the molds almost to the top, but be sure to leave some room.

Steam these desserts for about 15 minutes on medium high heat. Then, you’re ready to enjoy! You can either enjoy it in the dish or turn them over and remove it out of the molds!

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If you’re making a thicker one, the best way to check if it’s done, it’s a good idea to do the wiggle test while they’re still in the steamer. It should jiggle, but there’s usually a liquid film on the top – so look at the sides!