Snowman Shaped Nikuman (Steamed Bao)

Snowman Shaped Nikuman (Steamed Bao)

These are snowmen! (Note: This is a pun on "man" means "bun" or "bao" in Japanese.)
The filling is a chicken-chili-sauce that's on the sweet side that kids can eat too. The dough is fluffy and soft. They're delicious even cold.

Ingredients: 6 buns

The dough:
Cake flour
170 g
Bread (strong) flour
80 g
Baking powder
1 teaspoon
1/4 teaspoon
2 tablespoons
50 ml
Vegetable oil
1 tablespoon
Lukewarm water
100 ml
Dried yeast
1 teaspoon
For the chicken-chili sauce filling:
Chicken breast meat (skinless)
200 g
Salt and pepper
a small amount
1 teaspoon
Egg white, katakuriko
1 tablespoon each
Egg (leftovers from the egg whites)
Chinese soup stock
3 tablespoons
2 tablespoons
Sugar, katakuriko
1 teaspoon each
Soy sauce, sake
2 teaspoons each
Ginger, garlic
1 piece/clove each
Spring onion
1/2 teaspoon
Decorative parts:
Eyes: Raisins
Nose: Carrot
a small amount
Hat: Aonori
2 teaspoons


1. Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl. Make a well in the middle, and put the salt on the edge. Dissolve yeast in lukewarm water, pour into the well and mix with cooking chopsticks.
2. Keep mixing and kneading until the surface of the dough is smooth. If the dough sticks to your hands, add a little bread flour. Form into a ball, and leave to rise for 1 to 1 1/2 hours covered with plastic.
3. Cut the chicken into 1.5 cm pieces, add salt, pepper, and sake and mix well. Add the egg white and rub in. Add the katakuriko and mix.
4. Combine the chili sauce ingredients. Mince the ginger, garlic, and leek.
5. Add 1 tablespoon of oil to a heated frying pan. Add the chicken in one lump, spread it out and brown on each side (no need to cook it all the way through) and transfer to a plate.
6. Add 1 teaspoon sesame oil to the same frying pan and stir fry the ginger and garlic. Add in the doubanjiang and keep stir frying. Return the chicken to the pan, and cook while breaking it apart.
7. Add the combined sauce ingredients, and stir and simmer until thickened.
8. Add the egg yolk left over from using the egg white in Step 3 and mix it through. Adding the egg makes it milder. Transfer to a plate and leave to cool.
9. Take out the risen dough and punch down to deflate. Take out 30 g of the dough and mix with the aonori seaweed powder to make the dough for the hats.
10. Divide the remaining dough into 6 portions. Take off 20 g of dough from each portion, to make a total of 12 portions of dough. The big pieces will be the bodies, and the small pieces the heads.
11. Roll a larger piece of dough out to abut 10 cm diameter with a rolling pin and wrap the filling in it. For detailed instructions, see Recipe ID: 982172.
12. Place the filled dough with the seam sides down on 10x10cm squares of parchment paper. Attention: Keep the dough covered with plastic wrap to prevent drying out.
13. Fill the smaller pieces of dough in the same way. Just use a little bit of filling, about 1 piece of chicken worth.
14. Put the small pieces on top of the large pieces.
15. Roll the piece of dough with the aonori seaweed into a 10 cm log, and cut into 6 portions.
16. Stick the 'hats' off-center. Cut the raisins into half lengthwise and push in to make the eyes. Make holes with a bamboo skewer and push in a small piece of carrot for the nose.
17. Put the buns in a steamer, cover with a lid that's been covered with a kitchen towel to prevent condensation from dripping on the buns, and steam over high heat for about 10 minutes. The buns in the photos are a bit too close together...
18. I also have a recipe for reindeer steamed buns Recipe ID: 982172. To reheat the buns, microwave (for one bun) for 40 seconds.

Story Behind this Recipe

This is a recipe I made in the same spirit as my red nosed reindeer steamed meat buns (Recipe ID: 982172).
I made the dough and filling so that it tastes good even after leaving them for a while, so that the buns can be made in advance for parties.