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Niku-man Recipe – How to make steamed meat bun



if you’ve ever come to Japan, you know that there’re some kinds of Chinese bun which is called as Niku-man (Japanese style though) on the counter of every convenience store in winter time.
It’s one of my favorite snack, and easy to make from scratch so I made a lot this time and freeze half of them :)

Ingredients (10 servings):
(A) 200g of ground pork
(A) 1/2 onion, finely chopped
(A) 1/2 Negi (Japanese spring onion), finely chopped
(A) 1 dried Shiitake (soaked in enough water, drain, then chop)
(A) 1.5 Tbs. of soy sauce
(A) 2 Tbs. of sesame oil
(A) 2 Tbs. of potato starch
(A) 1 Tbs. of sugar
(A) A pinch of salt

(B) 300g of all purpose flour
(B) 150cc of warm water
(B) 3 Tbs. of sugar
(B) 2 Tbs. of vegetable oil
(B) 1 Tbs. of baking powder
(B) 1 Tbs. of dry yeast

  1. Place all the (B)s in a bowl then knead well. Leave it in the warm place for 30mins.



  1. Mix all the (A)s well in the another bowl. Devide into 10 pieces, then make ball shape.



  1. Devide the dough into 10 pieces. Make ball share, then spread into circle shape. Place the filling on the center then wrap it.



  1. Steam them for 20-30mins.


I used 250g of all purpose flour and 50g of whole wheet flour this time.
You can use other kinds of flour depends on your taste.
If you like fluffy one, it’s nice to use 200g of cake flour (weak flour) with 100g of bread flour(strong flour), and if you like the chewy texture then you can do the oppositd.

Enjoy during they’re hot!

5 thoughts on “Niku-man Recipe – How to make steamed meat bun

  1. I want to try making steamed bun. How do you steam them, Mari-san? Do you steam them in the oven?

  2. I first had steamed meat buns when I visited Japan about 6 years ago and I loved them! I also remember having steamed buns with red bean inside, soo good. Thank you for sharing this recipe I can’t wait to try it!

    1. An-man (read bean paste ban) is also my favorite <3 It’s also nice to use black-sesame paste as a filling (you can mix just black sesame paste and honey or maple syrup)!

  3. like a bakpau,….:)

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