How to Make Baked Pork Buns

How to Make Baked Pork Buns

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Makes: 20 | Prep Time: 3 Hours | Cook Time: 30 Minutes
Adapted From: Chubby Hubby

Baked pork buns are filled with the same roast pork, known as char siu, found in their more traditional steamed counterparts. This version is made with a slightly sweet and yellow-colored dough that is usually found in cha chaan teng (a type of Chinese diner) dinner rolls.

Baked pork buns are a quintessential Chinatown pastry — you’ll find them for sale alongside pineapple buns, butter buns and egg tarts at any neighborhood bakery. I also enjoy stopping to buy a baked pork bun to bring home and enjoy with a cup of tea.

This recipe uses a “sweet dough” that’s ready to start forming into buns after only an hour of rising time. If you invest an hour to make all 20 buns, you’ll be left with a freezer full that will last you for weeks to come.

Can you share any expert tips from your experience making baked pork buns? Want to ask a question before you try making it yourself? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below!

Baked Pork Buns Recipe

Makes: 20 | Prep Time: 3 Hours | Cook Time: 30 Minutes
Adapted From: Chubby Hubby


2 cups bread flour
2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon active dry yeast
2/3 cups sugar
1/4 cup lard
1 egg
1 1/4 cups water

1/2 pound char siu, diced
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon rice wine
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1 tablespoon cornstarch dissolved in 1 tablespoon water


1. If using dry yeast, take 1/4 cup of the water and warm it up. Pour the yeast into the warm water. Stir once and let it sit for 5 minutes or until the surface becomes foamy.

2. Combine all ingredients together and knead into a soft and elastic dough. The texture should be silky and smooth. Pat the dough into a ball. Oil a large bowl and place the dough into the bowl. Cover with cling wrap and place in a warm spot of your kitchen for an hour so that the dough can rise.

3. In a small saucepan, mix together 1/2 cup of water, the sugar, the soy, rice wine, oyster sauce, hoisin sauce, and sesame oil. Cook the sauce over medium heat until it bubbles. Stir in the cornstarch mixture and cook for 1 minute, stirring. The sauce should thicken considerably. Remove from the heat and add in the diced char siu. Cool to room temperature.

4. Divide the dough into 20 equal sized pieces. Work one at a time. Take one piece and knead to a round shape then press it flat. You should try and work so that the edges of the dough circle are thinner than the middle of the circle, which you want a bit thicker.

5. Take a heaping teaspoon of the char siu filling and place it in the middle of the circle. Pull the edges over the filling and try to pinch the dough together so that the bun is completely sealed. Bring the edges together, pinching gently and also twisting.

6. Set aside the buns on either a floured tray or tray with greaseproof paper on it. Place it so that the side with the pinched seal is at the bottom. Do this with all 20 pieces until you have 20 buns.

7. Set the buns aside for 30 minutes so that the dough can ferment a little more. Preheat your oven at this time to 350 degrees.

8. Before you put the buns in the oven, brush the surface of each bun with some of the egg wash (beaten egg). Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. To check for doneness, tear one of the buns in half and see if the bread is baked through or if it is still doughy.

9. As soon as they come out of the oven, quickly brush the surface of the buns with a touch of sugar syrup. This gives the buns a lovely glaze. You can eat a couple of these now but if you want to store them, you can keep them in the fridge or freezer. If reheating from the fridge, warm them up at 350 degrees for 5-10 minutes. If from the freezer, let them defrost first.

Learn more about Baked Pork Buns from these Experts:

Watch Baking with Mi make a great home recipe for Baked Pork Buns (VIDEO)
A Baked Pork Bun recipe from Dim Sum House in Indianapolis
Ang Sarap makes Baked Pork Buns topped with sesame seeds

HT: Photo by Jess Lander via Wikimedia Commons.

10 Responses

  1. Gin

    We need to know the exact measurements for the ingredients used in the videoez

    • Dim Sum Central

      Hi Gin, thanks for stopping by! I added this video because I thought it did the best job of showing the cooking technique. If you combine the video with the recipe above, you’ll have a dynamite combination.

  2. Sue

    This recipe does not seem correct. The dough is way too moist and the dough is watery and sticky. Any changes needed? I’ve tried it twice with the same results.

    • Dim Sum Central

      Hi Sue, if that’s the case, I would suggest combining all of the dry dough ingredients together before drizzling the water in as you mix/kneed. The texture you want is “silky and smooth,” that is dry enough to be workable, just short of sticky. Hope this helps!

      • Dim Sum Central

        Great tip, Jason. Thanks for contributing! I plan to make another batch of these buns soon, after which I’ll update this recipe again. ~Wes

  3. Ferne

    I tried the recipe last night. I’ve baked often enough to know that it has either too much water or too little flour. I realized this when Instarted adding the water into the flour mixture. In the end, I had to an extra add 1/3 cup A/P flour and an extra 1/2 cup bread flour, and use only 3/4 to 1 cup water. I also added an extra teaspoon of yeast. Once I made these adjustments, the subsequent bread turned out fine. I suggest this recipe is revised by the author or there will be many unhappy readers who will have tried this recipe and fail. Thank you.

    • Dim Sum Central

      Hi Ferne, thanks for your comments. I plan to make a fresh batch of this recipe this month and I’ll update the quantities. I want everyone to be happy with the outcome! ~Wes

  4. dchow

    Thanks for recipe, Wes!!

    Just made batch and turned out great. Similar to others, dough is way too watery and sticky. Kept adding combo bread and apt in order to handle it from kitchenaid mixer, probably extra 1/2-3/4 cup. Think water should be reduced, maybe 2/3 or 3/4 cup. Otherwise, dough consistency is good, flavor complements char sui and sugar glaze really make difference in looks and taste.

    • Dim Sum Central

      Thanks for sharing your experience! Working together, we’ll all nail the ratio of water to flour! ~Wes

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