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Steamed Three Flavored Pork Bun

Steamed Three Flavored Pork Bun

Can’t say enough how much our family loves the steamed three flavored pork buns. They’re like dumplings except the dough is different. We use the yeast dough for the steamed buns. Steamed three flavored pork buns are made of chives, shrimp, eggs and ground pork stuffing. It took a couple of tries for my kids to fall in love with the strong chives flavor which is for sure an acquired taste. My kids can’t wait to help me make the pork buns because it’s so fun to play with the yeast dough and they just want to eat the pork buns sooner. 😀 Kids are such fast learners. My daughter now makes beautiful pork buns in her own way, my boys are not afraid to make some interesting looking ones… Joyous cooking time and yummy addictive pork buns.

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Steamed Three Flavored Pork Bun

Steamed Pork Bun is like the dumplings but much bigger in size and the shells are made from the yeast dough.
Prep Time2 hours
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time2 hours 10 minutes
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Chinese steamed pork bun, pork bun, Steamed three flavored pork bun, three flavored
Servings: 6
Calories: 6823kcal
Cost: 25


  • steamer
  • a large wooden cutting board or a counter
  • Rolling Pin


Yeast dough (the flour and water ratio is close to 3:1)

  • 6 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 cup water warm
  • 2 envelopes RapidRise Yeast

Three fresh Stuffing (shrimp, pork, egg)

    Ingredients for marinating the pork the night before or at least for 2 hours prior cooking

    • 2 pound ground pork 85% or less lean (for better flavor) Yeas
    • 2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 cup soy sauce can be more or less as your preference, soy sauce gives more umami flavor
    • 2 teaspoon ginger minced
    • 1 teaspoon Chinese Five Spice Powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon anise powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

    The rest of the ingredients for the stuffing

    • 4 cups chives cut into small piece 1/4 inch short
    • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
    • 2 egg raw or cooked and break down into small pieces
    • 1 pound shrimp raw, cut into small pieces


    Marinate the grund pork (or other ground meat chicken or turkey) the night before or 2 hours prior cooking

    • Add the Chinese Five Spice Powder, Anise Powder, minced ginger, 1 teaspoon salt and Soy sauce to the ground pork. Mix them well. Cover the meat and store it overnight in the fridge.

    Yeast dough

    • Use your hand: Add the yeast and the flour in a large mixing bowl, adding the warm water gradually to the flour mixture, using the wooden spoon to stir the flour mixture until all the flour stick togather. Use your hand to knead the dough until the dough is stretchy and smooth.
    • Use the mixer: Combine 4 cups flour and undissolved yeast in large mixer bowl. Gradually add the warm water to the dry ingredients; beat 2 minutes at medium speed of electric mixer, scraping bowl occasionally. Add 2 cup flour; beat 2 minutes at high speed, scraping bowl occasionally.
    • Cover the dough. It should rise after about 1 hour depends on your room temp.


    • Bring the meat out of the fridge 2 hours prior cooking, it will allow the meat to recover the normal texture in the room temp.
    • Prepare the shrimp: clean and devein the shrimp, cut them into small pieces or use the food processor (caution not too refined)
    • Bring the marinated pork to a large mixing bowl, add the shrimp to the bowl. Pour the chives over the pork and shrimp.
    • Pour the vegetable oil over the chives. Mix the oil with chives first.
    • Egg: 2 ways for the eggs. One way is to use the raw egg. Crack the eggs directly over the mixing bowl. This method is helpful to bond all the ingredients together well. But you don't neccessarily see the egg in the stuffing once it's cook.
      The other way is to cook the eggs first and then break them down to small pieces before mixing with the rest of the stuffing. This method brings a beautiful stuffing when it's cooked (the brown meat, reddish shrimp, green chives and yellow eggs).
    • Add 1 teaspoon salt to the mixing bowl, mix the pork, shrimp, chives and the eggs together well. Your stuffing is ready for the shells!


    • Make a 2 inch diameter thick rope-shape dough. Cut the dough into 1 inch long pieces. Apply some dry flour to avoid the dough to stick to the rolling pin and the surface. Rolling the dough from outside toward to the center. See the demo video on how to roll a shell.

    See my demo video on how to wrap a bun

      Steam the buns

      • Filled the steamer with a plenty of water. Use the damp paper towel sheet cover the steamer. Place the buns with 2 inches apart. Cover the steamer and turn on the heat to high heat. The cooking time should take 8-10 minutes. Do not open the steamer while it's in the cooking process. The buns will become flat if the steam is let out. The buns will look shiny and buffed once they're done.


      Calories: 6823kcal | Carbohydrates: 596g | Protein: 359g | Fat: 326g | Saturated Fat: 165g | Cholesterol: 2124mg | Sodium: 15341mg | Potassium: 4801mg | Fiber: 30g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 7504IU | Vitamin C: 119mg | Calcium: 1157mg | Iron: 61mg
      Yummy three flavored pork bun!



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