IMG_2055ingredients (makes 6 mantou)

200g cake flour, sifted (bao flour ok)
20g wheat starch (a.k.a. dim sum flour)
30g sugar
140g milk (+/- 10g)
2.5g instant dry yeast
1.5g baking powder
1g salt


蛋糕粉 200克、过筛(包粉 OK)
澄面 20克(又称点心面粉)
糖 30克
牛奶 140克(+/- 10克)
即溶干酵母 2.5克
泡打粉 1.5克
盐 1克


mix and knead all ingredients together till you get a rough dough
allow dough to rest for 10 mins, then continue kneading till you get a soft silky dough
proof till double in size
面团静置 10分钟。之后,继续搓揉直到面团有光泽

without punching dough down, place proofed dough onto tabletop dusted with flour
dust dough generously with flour

roll it out into a large rectangle sheet

3 fold

turn dough 90 degrees and dust it generously with flour
面片转 90度、撒上面粉

roll it out again

3 fold

if you start to find it difficult to roll out the dough
cover with cling wrap and allow it to rest for 15 mins
静置 15分钟

dust dough with flour and roll it out for the last time into a large sheet

swiss roll dough from the end nearest to you

seal seams well

slice dough into equal portions
i used 2 fingers per portion as a guide

allow to rest for 15-20 mins
静置 15-20分钟

in a pot of boiling water, place in buns and steam over high heat for 5 mins
after turning off fire, allow buns to sit inside for another 4 mins before opening lid
将馒头放入烧开水的锅内、以大火蒸 5分钟
熄火后,让馒头在锅内继续焖 4分钟在开盖儿

Personal notes/温馨小贴士:
IMG_2030– many people ask me what wheat starch is. this is wheat starch~ an important element for dim sum

– you do not need to do 3 fold for the dough. a half fold works as well

– you must flour the dough at each step generously. this way, the swirls will be distinct

– i never encourage placing a whole batch of buns to steam. my practice is always to steam just 1 bun to get the steaming time right. also, do cover steamer lid with a cloth when steaming

– to keep buns moist, store into vacuum sealed container whilst it’s still warm. highly recommend this  recent toy of mine ~ the ultimate vacuum container ~ ultra awesome… and no, i do not get a commission for this


(18) Comments

  • kathy (April 4, 2016)

    Hi Victoria, can substitute wheat starch with corn starch? Thx

    • Victoria Bakes (April 4, 2016)

      Hi, I wouldn\’t. there isn\’t actually a real substitute for wheat starch although I know many use it as a replacement. One\’s wheat, one\’s corn. The usage of wheat starch here (I believe) is to give it the sheen texture. If it (wheat starch) has been replaced , then it will not be different from any other mantou . Hope u understand where I\’m coming from

  • Rumbling Tummy (April 5, 2016)

    wow wow wow look at these babies, they look pillowy soft.

  • Chloe (April 23, 2016)

    Hi Victoria. These mantou look so pillowy soft. Question . do u knead dough with hand or mixer? Also it it total fold and roll twice only before rolling out into big rectangle? Thanks again for another awesome recipie. Chloe

    • Victoria Bakes (April 23, 2016)

      Hi Chloe, machine kneaded.

      I don\’t quite understand your second question. Which part of the above illustration did you find confusing?

  • Chloe (April 23, 2016)

    Hi Victoria. Sorry about the confusion. I mean when u do the 3 fold do u do it in total twice or 3 times.. Hope this clarifies. Thanks again. Chloe

  • Michelle (May 30, 2016)

    Hi Victoria,

    Love this recipe! Love anything mantou-wy…btw is wheat starch same as hongkong flour..?

    • Victoria (May 30, 2016)

      Hi Michelle, no. Wheat starch is a “gluten-less” (don’t even know if this word exist) wheat flour . Also known as dim sum flour, you can easily find this in Asian baking supplies shops. No substitution for this as well 🙂

      • Michelle (May 31, 2016)

        Oh I know dim sum flour…seen it before..thanks Victoria!!

  • Lilianti (June 11, 2016)

    Hi, for this recipe , No need add oil ?
    Thanks, Lilian

    • Victoria (June 11, 2016)

      A traditional mantou as I learn does not usually include oil

  • Pearl (June 22, 2016)

    Hi, may I know if the white rolling pin u used is nonstick? Whr to buy & how much it cost? Tks

    • Victoria (June 23, 2016)

      Hi, yes. unfortunately i can’t recall details as i have owned that for the longest time.

      • Pearl (June 23, 2016)

        Tks for yr reply

  • Ana (September 2, 2019)

    Hi Victoria, I am very interested to learn this kind of mantao.

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