Dousha Bao/Jjinbbang/Steamed Red Bean Bun

"This is a recipe for a steamed, sweet white bun filled with red bean paste. Delicious, delicious, delicious! In Korea they are known as Jjinbbang and are sold by street vendors. This version is a little bit lighter and less chewy than my favorite street vendor, but I'll figure it out soon :) Adapted from the Fresh Loaf. Enjoy!"
photo by Emily Han photo by Emily Han
photo by Emily Han
photo by Emily Han photo by Emily Han
Ready In:
1hr 45mins
12 Buns




  • 1. Set aside the red bean paste.
  • 2. Combine all ingredients except yeast and water, in large bowl.
  • 3. Mix yeast and lukewarm water briskly, and pour into mix.
  • 4. Mix and knead dough. Dough should stick together well and be pliable, use more milk if necessary to wet the dough. Knead for 10-12 minutes by hand, or about half with a machine.
  • 5. Put in a round shape in bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let sit for 1 hour.
  • 6. Divide dough into about 12 pieces, or change size to fit your needs and your steamer.
  • 7. Let dough pieces rest for a couple of minutes before flattening into a round shape to fill.
  • 8. Place about 1T filling in the center of each bun, bringing up the corners and twisting closed. Place knot side down on a piece of parchment paper or wax paper inside your steamer.
  • 9. Boil water and place steamer inches Let steam for about 15 minutes. Buns will turn white and look slightly shiny on the outside. Remove from steamer and serve immediately.
  • Note: This dough may be used to make bbq pork buns or even plain buns if you'd like, it's not overly sweet. For a fun change, press a knife down the middle to make an indent before the bun is steamed. Shape a little leaf out of extra dough and put it on top. When the buns cool slightly, paint the top of the bun pink and the leaf green -- a peach bun!

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I'm Korean and live in beautiful Utah and sunny Florida. I like to bake and cook when I have time! I love Korean food, ethnic food in general (always the best!) and my husband is Korean too. This means we LOVE spicy!!!! I am an ER and cardiac intervention nurse, my husband is an investment analyst and financial planner. We have a dog and a cat. I enjoy all things arts and culture, reading, animals, photography, figure skating/dance/gymnastics, and of course, cooking and baking. Traveling is my biggest passion. I've been all over the world, and I hope to visit Greece someday soon! I also want to go on a medical mission to Africa. Some of my favorite things to make are kimchi jjigae and kimchi fried rice, (anything Korean, really), madelines, cakes, and noodles.
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