Multigrain Mantou (steamed buns)

Fluffy (vegan) steamed buns are here to save us all! Those who peel off the crust whenever you have a sandwich no longer need to do that!

Mantou, or steamed buns, are a staple in Chinese cuisine. If you haven’t tried mantou before, it basically resembles any soft bread without the crust.

Mantou are amazing because they can be paired with anything. Peanut butter, nutella, any kind of meat or salty flavor is great too. Try it with anything and I’m pretty sure it will work. I actually love it just plain because of the yeast-y bread-y flavor. I can’t seem to explain the flavor that well, but trust me, it’s good!

Another thing you could do with mantou, as if there isn’t enough, is slice it into centimeter thick slices then pan fry/toast with a bit of sugar. It is a great alternative to toast and a simple way to use up stiff/stale mantou.

5 Word Summary:

Super fluffy





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Multigrain Mantou (steamed buns)

These buns are super fluffy and definitely easy to make!

Vegan and dairy-free.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword chinese, mantou, steamed buns, yeast bread
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Proofing time 1 hour
Servings 12 buns
Calories 250 kcal


  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour 1
  • 1/4 cup corn flour 2
  • 2 tbsp corn starch 3
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups lukewarm water
  • 2 tsp instant yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar 4
  • 2 tbsp oil 5


  1. In the bowl of your electric mixer or in a large bowl, mix all the flours and salt together.
  2. In another bowl or a large measuring cup, microwave the water until lukewarm (about 30 seconds).
  3. Dissolve the sugar into the water and then the yeast. Make sure to mix thoroughly until the water is no longer clear, a sign that the yeast has dissolved.
  4. Wait for about 5 minutes until the yeast begins to foam. Pour the yeast water and oil into the flour.
  5. Knead for about 8 minutes. Make sure the dough is NOT sticky. When you pick it up, it shouldn't stick to your un-floured hands. You do not want a soft dough for this recipe or else the buns will collapse in the steamer. Add water or flour as needed.
  6. Let the dough rise for about 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  7. Shape the buns into whatever size you want and let them rise again. This should only take about 20 minutes. They should look slightly swollen.
  8. Line your steamer with parchment paper or a damp cloth. Arrange the buns so they have some space in between each other to expand. Steam the buns for 12 minutes. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  1. White whole wheat flour works as well.
  2. Corn flour is different from corn starch and cornmeal! If you do not have this or cannot buy it, use another 1/2 cup of whole wheat pastry flour.
  3. Tapioca starch works as well.
  4. Any granulated sugar works here.
  5. Any oil works here.

TO MAKE VEGAN: Use coconut sugar and coconut oil.

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