Martin Yan's Golden Chinese Baked Buns (Baos)

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 18 mins

This is a recipe from Martin Yan's television show Chinatowns. A great snack or light lunch or as dim sum. Filling can be sweet, for example custard or a paste made of condensed milk and butter or savory-BBQ pork is a common one. Experiment! Note: Prep time does not include the time needed for the dough to rise.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Stir the 1/4 cup warm water (first amount), 1 tablespoon sugar (first amount) and yeast together in a large bowl until the sugar is dissolved. Set aside until the mixture begins to bubble, about 10 minutes.
  2. Stir the all-purpose flour and bread flour together in a medium bowl. Stir the warm milk, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar, butter and yolk mixture into the yeast mixture until well blended. Stir in the flour mixture, half at a time, and mix until you have a soft dough, 3 to 4 minutes. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in a warm location. Let the dough rise, until roughly doubled in size, 2 to 3 hours.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  4. Turn the dough onto a floured cutting board. With a sharp knife, divide the dough into 15 roughly equal pieces. Roll a piece of dough out on a floured surface to a 4-inch circle. Place 1 1/2 tablespoons of desired filling into the center of the dough circle. Gather the edges of the dough over the filling, and twist them together to seal. Place the bun, seam side down, on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough.
  5. Brush all exposed surfaces of the buns with the beaten eggs. Bake until golden brown, 15 to 18 minutes. Serve warm.
Most Helpful

Sorry but this was really terrible. I halved the recipe and the buns turned out super salty! I think the proportion of the yeast was wrong coz there wasn't any salt called for in the recipe.

Shasha November 12, 2007

This recipe is perfect! The dough seems like it is too wet, but when you start working with it, it's very nice. I made Ridgely's Chinese Barbeque Pork Chinese Barbeque Pork for the filling and it was just like the ones we've purchased! I will be making these often! Thank blucoat for sharing's excellent!!!

zaar mate August 24, 2006