Carrot Filled Steamed Buns - A Dim Sum Item

Carrot Filled Steamed Buns - A Dim Sum Item

These are delicious and nutrition-packed healthy Chinese steamed buns. I ate 4 in one go! Way too much!

Ingredients: 12 buns

For the dough: cake flour
400 g
Dry yeast
6 g
5 g
5 g
200 g
For the filling: carrots
White part of a Japanese leek
Chinese 13 spice powder (or black pepper is OK)
a small amount
to taste
a pinch
Sesame oil
a small amount


1. Put all the dough ingredients in a bowl and knead until smooth. Let it rise for 30 minutes at around 85F/30C (You can do this easily in a bread machine.)
2. Julienne the carrots. Use a vegetable slicer to make this easier.
3. Finely chop the leek.
4. Put oil in a pan.
5. Stir fry the leek until fragrant.
6. Add the carrots and stir fry until tender. Turn off the heat.
7. Add the flavoring ingredients in the order listed. The filling is done.
8. Divide the risen dough into 12 portions.
9. Roll each piece out into a rather thick circle.
10. Place filling in the circle.
11. Wrap the dough around the filling to form the bun. Make 12 buns. Leave to rise for about 30 minutes (2nd rising).
12. Wait until the buns have risen to about twice their original size. Steam the buns for 15 minutes. Turn off the heat, and leave the buns with the lid on for about 2 minutes.
13. Done!
14. This is a steamed rose-shaped bun made with the same dough. Recipe ID: 1705211.
15. These are hedgehog steamed sweet bean buns made with the same dough. Recipe ID: 1864517.

Story Behind this Recipe

You can fill Chinese buns with any filling you like. I made carrot buns this time. They were delicious.