These delicate little Chinese steamed buns are from the Shanghai region. Filled with minced chicken or pork, ginger, and spring onion. Feel free to experiment by including your favorite ingredients. Serve with shredded ginger in dark vinegar.


Recipe Summary

1 hr
11 mins
4 hrs 25 mins
5 hrs 36 mins
6 servings


Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine chicken stock and agar-agar flakes in a saucepan over low heat; cook and stir until agar-agar is dissolved, 1 to 2 minutes. Refrigerate and chill and until set, 15 to 30 minutes.

  • Slightly smash ginger with the blade of a broad knife to bring out flavor. Place ginger and spring onion in 3/4 cup warm water in a bowl; rub with your fingers to extract the flavor of the ginger and onion into the water. The water will turn slightly green. Drain and let water cool.

  • Mix chicken, soy sauce, cooking wine, sesame oil, sugar, and black pepper together in a bowl. Gradually mix in the cooled ginger-spring onion water.

  • Mince the agar mixture and stir into chicken mixture. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.

  • Place flour in a large bowl; stir in 2/3 cup warm water and vegetable oil. Mix until a smooth dough forms; cover with plastic wrap and let stand for 10 minutes. Cut dough into small pieces and roll into balls; flatten into rounds that are slightly thicker in the center.

  • Spoon chicken mixture into the center of each piece of dough. Draw up the sides to form a bag shape and twist to seal.

  • Place in a bamboo steamer. Steam in a skillet filled with about 1 inch of water over high heat until chicken is no longer pink in the center, 10 to 15 minutes.

Cook's Note:

Add more or less water to the dough according to the humidity. The right amount of water makes the perfect buns. Practice makes perfect!

Nutrition Facts

221 calories; protein 13.6g 27% DV; carbohydrates 29.3g 10% DV; fat 4.8g 7% DV; cholesterol 25.6mg 9% DV; sodium 422.1mg 17% DV. Full Nutrition

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We discovered a few things trying to make this. First, you don't want to just cook the agar-agar flakes and chicken stock on low. Instead, bring to a low boil. Otherwise they will not set. Second, we ran out of filling. We would recommend you increase the dough portions by 50%. Drizzling some high-quality balsamic vinegar over the top before serving made them excellent. Read More