Vegan Steamed Bao

Happy National Bao day! Did you know, 8/22 is the day to enjoy fluffy hot bao!


Looking back at my childhood, I ate a lot of bao as after school snacks. In Japan, we had juicy pork, curry, red beans, or pizza fillings…usually enjoyed during winter. So why is it set in the middle of August? 


According to my source, Wow Bao, a bao centric restaurant in Chicago picked the day to appreciate ancient Chinese tradition of bao and to raise awareness for a variety of flavors available today by bao artists around the world. 


Now, I believe the most popular bao type is a pork filling, but let’s make it a vegan friendly version from a food artist: Tanooki! 


It’s summer, I know, but public buildings like schools or banks tend to make it freaky freezing, so nice hot bao sounds a good idea for a snack before dinner:)


<Today’s Recipe>

Vegan Steamed Bun

vegan steamed bao

*Attention! I AM A Beginner of folding bao!

Also I heard some region in Japan add a little mustard on bao to fully enjoy them. Is it yay or nay for you?;)


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*Makes 6 small bao



  • 1 bunch scallion
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 medium carrot – finely chopped
  • 5~7 mushrooms – finely chopped
  • 3 shiitake mushrooms – finely chopped
  • 4 leaves medium napa cabbage – shredded
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cooking wine
  • 1 pinch sugar
  • Some salt and pepper



  1. Combine 1 teaspoon water from 110cc water and pour it to active dry yeast. Mix well.
  2. Mix flour, sugar, water and dry yeast mixture together and knead well until you’ll get a big ball of the dough. When it’s combined, knead for 15 min.
  3. Transfer dough to a deep container and close the lid. Let it sit until the dough grows twice as big. (about 30 min.)
  4. Meanwhile the dough is rising, pour sesame oil in a pan and bring it to medium high heat. Add scallion and ginger. When the aroma of herbs wafted, add carrot, mushrooms, napa and cook until they are perfectly cooked.
  5. Season veggies with soy sauce, cooking wine, sugar, salt and pepper. Remove from heat and allow them to be room temperature.
  6. Squeeze the dough to deflate it. Transfer back to the container and let it sit for 10 min.
  7. Divide the dough to small balls and make it flatten by hand or rolling pins. On the center put the filling and fold them by pinching.
  8. Steam cooks on high for 15 min. Enjoy!

<Cooking Tips>

Pour warm water in a pan and float the container to make the dough rise perfectly.  

vegan steamed bao

This time I made them with my husband, but we both had a hard time closing the dough. We are beginners to take it easy! The taste was absolute heaven, so try it and learn hand-on experience of cooking! 


Now open your mouth and let’s eat!

vegan steamed bao filling


<Other Chinese Recipes to Appreciate Their Culture>

Easy Recipes by using pre-mixed sauce! Eggplant Chinese Stir Fry

spicy garlic eggplant

I don’t know if I should classify this as Chinese food, but here you go! Mint Fried Rice

mint fried rice

If you love spicy food, you can’t miss this out! Mapo Tofu

mapo tofu

Enjoy home cooking and your own creation of homemade food:)

14 Comments Add yours

  1. These look so very tasty! 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Tanooki says:

      Thank you Ronit😊💕


    1. Tanooki says:

      Thank you dear💕


  2. Sophia Dane says:

    I believe that taste is a real heaven. This looks delicious! 👏😊

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Tanooki says:

      Thank you Sophia! It’s so lovely to hear that💕🎵

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Sophia Dane says:

        You’re welcome. My pleasure. 🤗🌸🌺💮

        Liked by 1 person

  3. Priti says:

    So easy and tasty recipe of steamed Bao! Thank you very much for sharing ❣️👏🌹

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Tanooki says:

      Hi Priti, thank you for visiting my blog. Glad to hear you like it😊 Have a wonderful day☀️


      1. Priti says:

        ❣️🌹👌😊🌷🍫💕💗My pleasure. God bless you. Stay happy ❤️❤️

        Liked by 1 person

  4. Leah says:

    Reblogged this on Recipe Goals.


  5. Leah says:

    I have been to Wow Bao in Chicago. I love bao and I could not resist trying Wow Bao. I got an order and took them to my hotel room. 🙂 Thank you for this recipe. I am forever wanting to try to make bao from scratch. I hope to make bao one day. 🙂

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Hi Leah! Wow you’ve been there? That’s wonderful👀💕 Yes please try it! If you like your filling to be meat, I recommend using minced pork for full flavor, that was my fav before going on vegetarian diet😍

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Leah says:

        I have! I was in Chicago for work. It was self-serve from what I remember. I got really curious. 🙂 And the buns were good. I am also almost vegetarian. Not 100 percent because I eat meat when with my family on Sundays. However I love minced pork in buns and certain dishes. Really hope to try to make buns using your recipe one of these days. Thanks! 🙂

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