Chinese Steamed Milk Bun, Mantou Recipes, CiCi Li – Asian Home Cooking Recipes

Mantou are plain Chinese steamed buns, made from a yeasted dough of white wheat flour, milk, and sugar. They have smooth, snowy white surfaces and soft and fluffy insides, with just a hint of sweetness. 

In northern China, where wheat is the main starch—as opposed to the rice-growing regions of the south—humble mantou are a staple food eaten with every meal. In other parts of the country, you can find them served at restaurants and sold from food carts, most often enjoyed for breakfast—especially washed down with fresh soy milk. For an indulgent dessert, they can be deep-fried until their outsides are crisp and golden, then served with sweetened condensed milk for dipping.



Makes 6 to 8 pieces
Prep time: 30 minutes
Rest time: 45 minutes to 90 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes

Large mixing bowl
Rolling pin
Pastry brush
6 (3 x 4-inch) pieces of wax paper

2 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon instant (rapid rise) yeast
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons whole milk

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What do you think?


  1. I made some. Its really good but. I just bet curious why i hot brown spot from the skin of my mantou thanks for the recipe

  2. The mantou buns are looking so good. Thank you so much for taking time to share with all of us. Enjoy every bite of your mantou buns

  3. You should have so much more likes and follows your recipes look delicious, I love Chinese food! ❤️

  4. hi Cici! made your mantou recipe just now and turns out as beautiful as yours..

    i can use this recipe for cuabao or baos right?

  5. 馒头很好吃! Steamed buns delicious!I love in pig years when they put little eyes, ears, and noses on them. When will you make 虾饺 xia jiao or har gow (I think in Canto)? The best of these shrimp dumplings I ever had was a little hole in the wall shop my taxi driver took me to in strangely enough Hangzhou not Guangzhou or Hong Kong.

  6. I only know one other lady on this earth that's as passionate about cooking and
    enjoying steamed buns as CiCi. And I married her. From both of us, thank you for
    sharing your time and talent.

  7. After all, what would China be without some guy riding around screaming "Mantou!!" into a loudspeaker at 6:00 a.m. while you are still trying to sleep.