Sourdough Mantou- steamed bread buns – 2 different shapes

Bao means “bun” and it is a filled steamed bread that it is also called baozi. Mantou is a steamed bread again, that originates from the Northern China and it is without filling. In South China you may find stuffed mantou.


  • 85gr sourdough starter
  • 40ml water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil (you can use also sunflower oil or sesame oil)
  • 95gr flour


  • Mix the starter with the water well
  • Add the oil and mix well
  • Add the flour and the salt and mix well
  • The dough should be soft and smooth. If yours is sticky add a bit of flour as it can be that our starters do not have the same hydration
  • Let it rest until gets almost 1,5 times what it was
  • Divide the dough in 4 pieces and put it directly to the place you are planning to steam them on top of a parching paper
  • Leave them in the fridge overnight to raise
  • Steam them for approximately 17 minutes


You could also make them in the shape below and then fill them with whatever you like. One of m favorite fillings is crunchy chicken! You will need to put in the middle parchment paper, so that it doesn´t stick.

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