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    Nikuman / Butaman / Pork Bun

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    Total Time:

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    Cook Time:

    1 hr

    45 mins

    15 mins

    Ms. See's Note:

    This is a steamed bun with a pork filling. I first tasted this in Japan, it warms you up on a cool day. And served with hot mustard and soy sauce it is perfection. I found this recipe by searching on the internet.

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    Serves: 10



    Units: US | Metric

    bun (pastry)

    meat filling (my version)


    1. 1
      for the bun, mix all the powdered
    2. 2
      ingredients in a bowl and make a well in the centre
    3. 3
      pour the wet ingredients into the well and mix in thoroughly
    4. 4
      when they’re combined, add the shortening and knead until smooth
    5. 5
      rest at room temperature for 30 mins
    6. 6
      mix the filling and divide into 10 balls
    7. 7
      divide the dough into 10 balls and roll them out round.
    8. 8
      wrap them around the fillings, pinch and twist at the top
    9. 9
      let rest for 15 mins
    10. 10
      steam for 15 mins: add a splash of white vinegar to the water to prevent discoloration
    11. 11
      (makes about 10 nikuman).

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on September 09, 2010

      I used to eat these almost every day for lunch when I lived in Japan. I was very excited when I found this recipe. I've made them twice so far and they are glorious. I have had a little trouble making the filling dry enough to not basically melt through the bun before I get it in the steamer. Also, I use less ginger and cabbage than what's recommended here. I really love them with spicy mustard.

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    • on August 11, 2010

      In Thailand this is known as Sala-Pao. They come savory as mentioned and Sweet which is usually a mixture of salted peanuts, coconut and moistened with a little sweetened condensed milk.
      These buns are sold all over the country on the streets and at celebrations off protable carts for 1 baht each or $.05.
      I was in a Korean market and they had them frozen. 6 per package for $8.95 (sigh).
      Nice to be able to make your own...Sawa-di-caup...Chef Jim

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    • on July 27, 2009


      The BIG ONES are better!!!!!! They sell them in the corner stores over there.

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    Nutritional Facts for Nikuman / Butaman / Pork Bun

    Serving Size: 1 (57 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 10

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 145.3
    Calories from Fat 46
    Total Fat 5.1 g
    Saturated Fat 1.7 g
    Cholesterol 11.4 mg
    Sodium 111.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 19.5 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.5 g
    Sugars 5.7 g
    Protein 4.5 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    Chinese cabbage

    fresh ginger

    shiitake mushrooms

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