These are a Chinese classic! They are actually really easy to make and quite fun to do. After they are steamed they are a beautiful addition to any dim sum style meal. Topped with toasted sesame seeds they are always a crowd favourite.


Basic yeast dough

4 cups plain flour

1 (10g) packet instant dried yeast

1t salt

3T sugar

1 cup warm water

2T oil

1 ½ t baking powder

  1. Sift flour in a bowl and add yeast sugar and salt. Slowly add the warm water and oil and knead into a stiff dough
  2. Knead on a board until you have a smooth and elastic dough
  3. Place in a greased bowl and cover, place in a warm place to rise for at least 2 hours

Barbecue pork


½ cup fermented red bean curd

3T soy sauce

1/3 cup rice wine

3T yellow bean sauce

½ cup hoi sin sauce

½ cup castor sugar

3 cloves garlic


500g pork neck

1/3 cup honey

  1. Mix all the marinade ingredients together
  2. Cut the pork into thin strips and place in marinade for 2 hours
  3. Preheat oven to 240C
  4. Fit a cake rack over a baking tray filled with water and bake for at least 30 minutes
  5. Remove pork from the oven
  6. Heat the honey and brush over the pork strips, and then leave to cool

Steamed barbecue pork buns

1T oil

2 garlic cloves

1 small spring onion chopped

1T dry sherry

1T soy sauce

1T oyster sauce

1T sugar

½ cup water

250g barbecue pork

2t cornflour dissolved in 2T cold water

1 yeast dough

20 small paper muffin cups

  1. Heat oil in a pan and add the garlic and spring onion and fry for a few seconds taking care not to burn. Add sherry, soy sauce, oyster sauce and sugar and stir-fry for 20 seconds. Pour in the water and bring to a boil.
  2. Add the barbecue pork and cook for 1 minute than add the corn flour mixture and cook until thickened. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
  3. Roll the dough into a long even roll and divide into about 20 equal pieces.
  4. Shape each piece into a flat circle about 8cm wide
  5. Place 1t of barbecue pork filling in the centre of each circle. Bring up the sides and pleat and pinch together to seal and using index finger and thumb twist the top of each piece.
  6. Spray each muffin cup with spray and cook and place each bun into its own cup. Place into a bamboo steamer and steam for exactly 20 minutes.
  7. When they are done sprinkle immediately with toasted sesame seeds. Wait a few minutes and enjoy!