Tips To Serve Bao Buns Recipe Vegetarian Quick

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Bao buns, those fluffy steamed pillows of goodness, have taken the culinary world by storm. Traditionally filled with savory or sweet meats, this recipe offers a delightful vegetarian twist, allowing everyone to enjoy these delectable treats.

This guide takes you through the entire process, from creating the soft and pillowy dough to crafting the perfect vegetarian filling. Get ready to impress your friends and family with this homemade bao bun bounty!

Vegan Bao Buns with vegetable filling
Vegan Bao Buns with vegetable filling


For the Dough:

3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ¼ cups warm water
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • For the Vegetarian Filling:

    1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced (optional)
  • 1 cup chopped mushrooms (shiitake, oyster, or cremini)
  • 1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • ½ cup vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon water (slurry)
  • ½ teaspoon sriracha (optional)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish (optional)

  • Directions:

    Making the Dough:

    1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, yeast, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
    2. Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients.
    3. In a separate bowl, combine the warm water and vegetable oil. Pour this wet mixture into the well in the dry ingredients.
    4. Using a wooden spoon or dough hook attachment on your stand mixer, mix until a shaggy dough forms.
    5. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 8-10 minutes, or until smooth and elastic.
    6. Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm place for 1-2 hours, or until doubled in size.

    Preparing the Filling:

    1. Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes, or until softened.
    2. Add the garlic and ginger, and cook for another minute, until fragrant.
    3. (Optional) If using bell pepper, add it to the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes, until slightly softened.
    4. Add the chopped mushrooms and cook for 5-7 minutes, or until browned.
    5. Stir in the diced tomatoes with their juices, vegetable broth, soy sauce, brown sugar, and sriracha (if using).
    6. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes, or until thickened slightly.
    7. Stir in the cornstarch slurry and cook for another minute, until the sauce thickens.
    8. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

    Assembling the Bao Buns:

    1. Once the dough has doubled in size, punch it down to release the air.
    2. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out into a ¼-inch thick rectangle.
    3. Using a 3-inch round cookie cutter (or a glass), cut out circles from the dough.
    4. Place a spoonful of the vegetarian filling in the center of each dough circle.
    5. Pinch the dough edges together to form a tight seal, creating a pouch shape.
    6. Place the assembled bao buns on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, leaving space between them for expansion.
    7. Cover the buns loosely with plastic wrap and let them rise for another 30 minutes.

    Steaming the Bao Buns:

    1. Fill a steamer basket with enough water to reach just below the bottom of the buns. Bring the water to a boil.
    2. Carefully place the bao buns in the steamer basket, leaving space between them.
    3. Steam for 10-12 minutes, or until the buns are cooked through and fluffy.
    4. Remove the buns from the steamer and let them cool slightly before serving.


    Serve your delicious vegetarian bao buns warm, garnished with chopped fresh cilantro (optional). Enjoy them with your favorite dipping sauce, like soy sauce, chili oil, or a sweet and sour sauce.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving, approximate):

    Calories: 350

  • Fat: 12g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Carbohydrates: 45g
  • Sugar: 5g