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Cha shao bao, Cha siu bao, BBQ Bans or steamed bun stuffed with barbecued roast pork?

happylina's picture

Cha shao bao, Cha siu bao, BBQ Bans or steamed bun stuffed with barbecued roast pork?

This my first time making Chaoshao Bao. I'm lucky this bao open flower----Smiling ball.  although it's not big  laughing bao. They are shy(#^_^#)

When I introduce my baking experience.  Kindly new friends talk with me in TFL blog. They tell me they also interesting with Chinese bread.  Daisy_A ask me if I have good recipe for Cha siu bao. And Daisy_A already try to making delicious Cha siu bao. This food we call Cha shao bao.  Since it's from south china rice area. They making this as cake. It's sweet bread with cha shao meat.  I take many Cha shao pork When I live in Guangzhou. But for Cha siu bao. I always thought restaurant for saving money no put enough fillings. And maybe I more like salt pork bao than sweet bao. So I no often take this cake. For me the BBQ pork more interesting. 

I search in internet 2 days ago. There's many receipes for Cha shao bao. But normally they use ammoniapowder for bulking. Many home recipe no flower. I been taken festival opening flower mantou(steamed bread) from my friend before. That bread had very big bursting head. It's familly making tradional food. I think they no use ammoniapowder. At last I find a receipe. The long time leavening sour loaf reacts with baking powder. Big quicklly steaming. After can get big opening flower. So I try this recipe  and get my first Cha shao bao at last night. I know here have many good baker. And texfarmer making very nice bao. So I'm shy to show my Chinese bao. I just want to share this recipe with you: 

Dough Recipe:



leaven dough:


caster sugar: 1/2T

Instant yeast:1/2t

low protein flour: 225g


sweet main dough:

leaven dough: all

low protein flour: 225g

powdered sugar:125g

lard oil(or white oil):60g

baking powder:2t



1) Mix A to a smooth dough.waitting one night.

2) dough turn into paste. fuller vinosity.

(Mine no change into like this)

3)Mix A and B, kneed to smooth and soft sweet leaven dough.

4)Apart to 14 pieces. For one about 53g.  roll to ball. 

5)squash(or crush???) to wrapper,fill into about 33g fillings. 

(If you want big flower no put many fillings. close the ball like a ball. No need making fronce. And thick top better for open flower)

6)You can use cooking paper for every piece(I use one thin gauze). place to steamer. warm place 30 minutes.

7)Boiling water pot. Up the Chashao bao steamer. steam 12 minutes on medium strong heat.   


I made some mistake when I making. This loaf need enough time polish. The recipe write polish time is one night. I made polish loaf in early morning. Mix with half main flour and house made sweet sour rice wine in morning. So it's only 5 hours. And south China very warm. Here my room only 14 degree. So Maybe I need find more warm place. So I have to waiting  to midnight until I think it's ok.  

This is cake not bread. I made half of this recipe. I use 20ml my homemade sweet rice wine  instead of water. I no like very sweet. so I use half sugar of this recipe. 

Cha shao pork and fillings recipe you can see here:

 If you want to know how to making, you can see from here:

You can get infomation from google translator.


Thank you for your reading





pmccool's picture

Such a beautiful picture and no explanation!  I like fried dumplings (and steamed dumplings).  What are we looking at?  How is it made?


happylina's picture


Hi Paul


I'm sorry for I can't delete this post. I post a new one in blog.


I can't edit this post. And I don't knoe how to delete. So I have to post a new one.


If you like to know how I made this dumpling. I will post more.


Thank you for you like this dumpling.



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happylina's picture

Hi Karin

Thank you for your post.

You are right. it's delicious steaming cake!

Jo_Jo_'s picture

I searched all over the internet for recipes and videos of how to make these wonderful things just yesterday!  When I lived in California for a short time, we had a vietnamese friend who's grandmother would make these and share them with us.  They called them Banh Boa, and the filling is a little bit different and I think they steamed them, but the dough looked very much like the picture you have.  I asked at that time how to make them, but never did get the recipe.  Needless to say I am eagerly looking for information on how to make them.  There are many videos on how to do it, just all in vietnamese.

Quick question, is there any yeast or baking soday or baking powder in the Bao dough?

happylina's picture

Hi Jo Jo_

Thank you for you like this chashao bao.

I use instant yeast and baking powder for the first time try to making. I follow the recipe.   I think traditional yeast can making. 





Yippee's picture



妳第一次就能做的這麼好, 很棒! I'm a big fan of 周老師的美食教室 as her recipes are foolproof!  




happylina's picture

Hi Yippee



Jo_Jo_'s picture

Thank you Happylina.  These sound so good, and looked wonderful.  I will hopefully be making them soon. 

happylina's picture

Hi Jo_Jo

I like to see your steaming bao (^_^)

By the way, The lard oil you also can change to another oil. Just color not very white.