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Steamed Panda Buns 찐빵

I grew up eating these puffy buns.  Ours were always stuffed with sweetened red bean.  I didn’t even realize you could have them with anything else!  Of course, I know better now and can highly recommend a variety of fillings ranging from nutella to mozzarella melted into marinara but most importantly in this video, I’ll show you how to make very soft buns that poof up without the aid of any yeast.  Plus, I’ll show you how to steam these without a steamer and decorate the panda faces naturally, without any artificial dyes.




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Steamed Panda Buns 찐빵
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Serves: 8-10
  • 1½ c unbleached flour
  • ⅓ c powdered sugar
  • 2½ ts baking powder
  • ½ ts fine salt
  • ½ ts oil
  • ½ c room temperature whole milk
  • ½ c adzuki beans
  • 1½ c water
  • ⅓ brown sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 ts vanilla extract
  1. In a bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, oil, and milk. The dough is ready when it forms together in a ball, has a smooth surface, and is no longer very sticky.
  2. In a greased bowl, cover the dough and allow to rest, undisturbed for 30-45 minutes or until doubled in size.
  3. For the filling, rinse the beans and soak overnight.
  4. The next day, slowly bring them to a boil. The water should be almost {if not all} evaporated and the beans will be soft when it's ready for the rest of the ingredients.
  5. Mash in the sugar, salt, and vanilla. A food processor will yield a smoother paste but you can also use a fork/potato masher/spoon.
  6. Scoop even balls with a ice cream scoop and allow to chill in the fridge while working on the dough.
  7. After the dough has risen, knead the dough if it's still sticky. If it's manageable, then skip this step. If not, use the least amount of flour possible to knead.
  8. Portion out pieces and roll out into circular disks that are thinner on the edges all around.
  9. Tuck a bean paste ball into the centers and pinch to seal.
  10. In a large frying pan lined with parchment/wax, lay the buns at least 2 inches away from each other. You can either do this in batches, several pans, or in a steamer. Carefully fill the bottom with water and clamp on the lid to steam for 15-20 minutes. Refill with water as needed.
  11. Please refer to the video for the panda face demonstration.


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