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Chinese Steamed BBQ Pork Buns (Cha Siu Bao 叉烧包)

  • Author: Seonkyoung Longest
  • Yield: 14 pork buns 1x


  • Steamed bun dough (Click HERE for the recipe)
  • 1/2 cup Chicken stock
  • 1 Tbs. Corn starch
  • 2 Tbs. Oyster sauce
  • 2 Tbs. Hoisin sauce
  • 2 Tbs. Dark soy sauce
  • 2 Tbs. Sugar
  • 1 Tbs. Shaoxing wine, Chinese cooking wine (Can be substitute with dry sherry or water)
  • Small pinch of Chinese five spice
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 Tbs. Cooking oil
  • 1 Medium size onion, small diced (Approximately 1 cup)
  • 1 Clove garlic, minced
  • 10 oz. Small chopped or ground pork. (You can use pork loin, shoulder or belly)
  • 14 pieces 2×2” cut parchment paper, cupcake paper cup or coffee filter


  1. Make steamed bun dough recipe first before start the filling unless you are making the filling a day ahead.
  2. While dough’s rising let’s make BBQ Pork Filling. 
In a mixing bowl, combine first 9 ingredients(until black pepper), and whisk until sugar has dissolved. Set aside.
  3. Heat a large skillet or wok over high heat; add oil and swirl to coat. Add diced onion and garlic; stir fry for 2 to 3 minutes or until onion is soften and transparent.
  4. Add pork into wok and stir fry for 5 minutes or until pork pieces are slightly browned.
  5. Add sauce we made earlier; bring it to boil and reduce heat to medium then simmer for 5 minutes or until it thickens. Stirling frequently. Transfer to a bowl and cover. Let it cool in a refrigerator for 1 to 2 hours or in a freezer for 30 minutes.
  6. While filling is cooling, divide dough into 2 oz. of 14 equal portions. Roll each piece on your palm. Place them on a parchment paper/coffee filter lined baking sheet or a flat surface and cover with plastic wrap or a towel; let it rest for additional 20 minutes.
  7. When your dough and filling is ready, let’s make porks buns.
Bring one dough at a time to work surface, slightly flatten it with your palm. Using a rolling pin, flatten dough into 3” circle, but make sure center is slightly thicker than its edge.
  8. Put 1 Tablespoon of pork filling into center and bring edge to top with your index finger and thumb to seal while your left thumb is pushing filling inside. Place sealed bun on a parchment paper, cupcake paper cup or coffee filleter.
  9. Arrange pork buns back to a baking sheet or a flat surface and cover with plastic wrap or a towel; let it rest for additional 20 minutes.
  10. When your pork buns are well rested and all cute looking, it’s ready to steam.
Fill a wok or steamer pot with water and bring it to boil over high heat.Place pork buns into a steamer rack with paper underneath. Make sure they are too close to each other, at least 1” apart. Bring a steamer rack with pork buns to boiling steamer. Make sure water is not touching pork buns. Cover and steam for 12 to 14 minutes or until pork buns are fluffy and fully cooked.
  11. Tilt lid tiny bit for a slow air circulation for 2 to 3 minutes before open lid. If you open lid right away, nice fluffy buns will sink down on you and you don’t want that happen. Serve hot. Enjoy!


If you want to make this pork bun with my Char Siu Recipe follow this directions! 🙂
We are going to use the juice after cooking the char siu! Just discard all the solid vegetables by strain the sauce, and let it cool in the refrigerator for over night. You will see solid white fat on top of the surface, discard that as well, and bring the sauce in to a sauce pan, add additional 1/4 cup of chicken stock and bring it to boil. Make cornstarch water by mixing 1 Tbs. of cornstarch and cold water each. Pour slowly only half of the amount into the sauce while stirring. If it’s too watery, add more. If the texture is thick enough, then don’t add more. Now chop up your char siu into small pieces about 1/4-inch cubes and add into the sauce. 🙂 Let it cool before you using it as a filling, so it will be easier to handle!