Piping Hot Easy Pork Steamed Buns (Nikuman)

Piping Hot Easy Pork Steamed Buns (Nikuman)

On a cold wintry day, have some easy homemade pork buns as a snack! You can make them easily!

Ingredients: 10 to 12 buns

The dough:
Bread (strong) flour
150 g
Cake flour
350 g
40 g
a pinch
Dry yeast
1 tablespoon
Lukewarm water
about 280 ml
The filling:
Ground pork
200 g
Dried shiitake mushrooms
4 to 5
Boiled bamboo shoot (canned or vacuum packed)
1 small
Green onions
Grated ginger
1 to 1 1 1/2 tablespoons
Seasoning ingredients:
1/2 tablespoon plus
Soy sauce
3 tablespoons plus
Sesame oil
2 tablespoons
a small amount


1. Put the dried shiitake mushrooms in a heatproof container with water and 1 teaspoon of sugar. Microwave for 1 minute at 500 W, and leave for about 10 minutes. This will re-hydrate them quickly. Add lukewarm water to the dough ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
2. Knead until it forms a dough ball, then cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Let the dough rise for 15 minutes. In the summer you can just do this at room temperature; in the winter, use the dough rising setting of your oven. Make the filling while the dough rises.
3. Chop up the bamboo shoot, rehydrated shiitake mushrooms and green onion. Grate the ginger. Combine them all the the ground pork.
4. Add the flavoring ingredients, and mix well with a spoon. The filling shouldn't get sticky, so use a spoon rather than your hands.
5. Divide into 12 portions, approximately.
6. After 15 minutes, the dough increases to about twice its original volume. Divide into 12 portions, approximately again.
7. Form the dough into balls, roll flat and wrap around the filling.
8. Line a steamer with kitchen parchment paper and steam for 15 to 18 minutes. Wipe the water droplets off the steamer lid occasionally (optional).
9. I steamed the buns for 18 minutes. (They look a bit wonky, but they're homemade.)
10. Done!
11. I split one open.
12. Addendum: If the dough is sticky, flour your hands and work them around the surface.

Story Behind this Recipe

I adapted a recipe a friend of mine taught me to suit our family's tastes.
These pork buns are always popular.
Each person can easily eat 3 of these!!!
I uploaded the recipe as a record for myself...