steamed crystal custard bun

nooooooooo.. these are not mooncakes.. just that (believe it or not).. i don’t have jelly moulds at home… so i reused and recycled my mooncake moulds ₍₍ ◟(∗ˊ꒵ˋ∗)◞ ₎₎) for the purpose of these buns

i still have half a bag of ding mien fen (澄粉) leftover from making the snowskin mooncakes..
sometimes i really think bakers can be good snooker players… why.. because just like how snooker player have to strategize their game through the placement of balls,
bakers need to think what they can do next with the leftover ingredients…
you know, like fillings, egg white, egg yolk, 125g of cream cheese etc etc… 

i made a small batch of crystal custard bun with the leftover ding mien fen and custard powder…

Recipe adapted and translated from 心食谱


steamed crystal custard bun

Custard filling
1 egg
15g ding mien fen
10g custard powder
45g milk
40g sugar
20g unsalted butter (softened)

Crystal bun dough
67g ding mien fen
17g corn starch
5g salad oil
70-80g hot water





steamed crystal custard bun

– prepare crystal bun dough by adding 70g of hot water into 67g of ding mien fen and 17g corn starch. mix it well and form a dough

– add in 5g salad oil and knead till you get a soft dough. wrap with cling wrap and set aside

– prepare custard filling~ cream softened butter and add in 40g sugar in 3 additions. cream till pale and fluffy
准备奶黄馅: 黄油室温软化,40克白糖分三次加入,打发

– add in egg in 3 additions and mix well

– add in milk, followed by sifted ding mien fen and custard powder

– steam custard in pressure cooker for 5 mins and then stir. set aside

– divide dough and filling into 8 portions and wrap filling into dough and place into moulds. ensure that your moulds are lightly floured. unmould buns

– after water in pressure cooker has boiled, place buns into pressure cooker and turn heat to medium. steam for 5 mins or till buns are done

Personal notes/温馨小贴士:

steamed crystal custard buns– i will reduce the sugar for custard filling to 30g in the future (i.e. 2 tbsp..)
觉得馅料偏甜 ~ 下回将白糖减至30克 (既是2大匙)

– as i do not have pressure cooker, i cooked my custard over a pot of simmering water. Directions can be found here

– my mooncake mould is a 50g mould, so i my dough to filling proportion is 20g: 30g

steamed crystal custard bun

this is a very nice twist from the normal steamed custard buns… plus they are very pretty… and the texture is very very Q~~~ (*゚ε´*)

……and dim sum is served…….


Pollution index: 16 (excellent)


(16) Comments

  • Vivienne (October 15, 2013)

    wow looks amazing 🙂 wonder what it looks like inside..must be decadent! agree with the thinking ahead (snooker strategy lol)!

  • jeannietay (October 15, 2013)

    Wow, looks looks really amazing, you are so clever to use your mooncake mould to do this…really pretty!

  • kitchen flavours (October 15, 2013)

    Hi Victoria,
    Wow, looks beautiful! What a lovely twist for making buns! Love it!

  • Ann Low (October 15, 2013)

    So clever! At the first glance, I thought they are mooncakes 😀

  • Mel (October 16, 2013)

    Hehehe……it sure look like snowskin mooncake! I never eaten this steamed crystal custard bun before nor really had heard of it (am I a country bumpkin???). This mst be yummy in taste. Wish I could have a look at the innards of this bun.

  • Zoe (October 16, 2013)

    Hi Victoria,

    You are very clever, using your mooncake moulds to make these crystal skin buns. They look very pretty!


  • Alice (October 16, 2013)

    I love this!

  • Susanne (August 9, 2014)

    This is really brilliant!

  • 周曉慧 (August 10, 2014)


    • Victoria Bakes (August 10, 2014)

      晓慧,您好 ~ 生粉也是粟粉 :)

      这个的确,精莹剔透,又好吃。。 老少咸宜

  • buttercreem (August 8, 2015)

    Hi, Thanks for the recipe. What salad oil did you use? Thank you.

  • Queenie Len (February 16, 2016)

    Hi,I have no pressure cooker as well, may I know how long should I steam the custard and after wrapping with the dough ? Thanks in advance

    • Victoria Bakes (February 16, 2016)

      Hi Queenie, you may wish to the personal notes portion on preparing the custard over a pot of simmering water.

      you can steam bun with steamer or in a wok of boiling water over high heat for about 5 mins then check ~ bun is done when you can see through the skin.

      hope this helps.

  • Karen luvswesavory (February 18, 2016)

    Hi Victoria,
    Wow beautiful crystal buns ! Thanks for sharing as I like crystal buns but have not tried making it. Bookmarked it !

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