Saturday, March 10, 2012

Sweet Potato Bun with vegetables

I have this recipe with me for a long time.  This is a vegetarian food. It does not have onion, garlic, meat, dried shrimps and egg in the filling. It is a healthy food. As it is a pure vegetarian food , you must not have high expectation on the taste. However, it still tastes as as good as the commercial buns.

The good point  about this bun is when you leave them at room temperature the bao skin still stays soft. Moreover, it  is  not  sticky while eating.

Recipe: adapted  from Y3K PAUS  by Coco Kong.

Ingredients: (makes 14 )

A: (mixed just prior to using) 2 teaspoon instant yeast + 100-120ml water. (see Tips below)
B: 280g Pau flour 
     100g icing sugar
      20g shortening
      160g sweet potato (peeled>steamed>mashed while hot)
      1 teaspoon double-action baking powder

200g cabbage (shredded)
100g carrot (shredded)
200g yambean or sengkuang (peeled, shredded)
200g long beans (I used french beans), diced

1.1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp mushroom seasoning powder
3 tsps light soy sauce
1 tsp pepper

For thickening: Mixed together
2 tsp cornflour, 100ml water

Material needed:
14 flattened paper cup liners or 4cm x 4cm grease paper

1. For  filling: Heat up wok with one tablespoon of oil, add in ingredients for filling and seasoning, fry until cooked, add in thickening, fry  and  mix well. Dish up,  leave to cool. Divide into 14 equal portions (about 50g each).

2. For dough : Combine ingredients (B) in a mixing bowl .  Add ingredients (A), mix well (please see tip below). Use hand to knead for 2  minutes till dough becomes smooth and soft. Cover with a piece of damp cloth,  rest for 30 minutes. Divide into 14 equal portions (about 48g each).

3, To shape:  Roll No.2 into a round shape and then flatten it, ensure centre is thicker than the sides (circumference), place in 50g of filling,  seal opening and put it facing upwards on flattened paper cup liner  . Repeat the rest till finished. Cover with a piece of damp cloth, rest for 30-40 minutes.

4. Steam over medium heat for 10 minutes or till cooked . Serve and enjoy, accompany with a cup of  hot coffee........ ......

My gentle reminders:
Tips:Remember to reserve 20ml water. It means 100ml water mix with 2tsp instant yeast. Add in  20 ml water gradually in the process of  kneading.  If the dough is wet enough to form a pliable dough, you may stop adding the rest of water.

Note: 1) Paus or bao means small buns.
           2) If you can't get Pau Flour, replace with Hong Kong  flour or superfine flour.


  1. Hi, what is the temperature of the water that you used to mixed with the dry yeast? thanks for sharing your recipe.

  2. Hi, thank you for visiting my blog.Just use room temperature water.