Fluffy, sweet and moreish, steamed custard buns are a popular dim sum dish that are easy to make at home. 

hua juan, flower buns, dim sum

*Watch the Steamed Flower Buns Recipe Video*

Serves: Approximately 15 buns
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 10-15 minutes

Dough ingredients
225g plain flour
60g sugar
8g yeast
1 egg white
22g lard
1/2 tsp white vinegar
100ml warm water

2 tablespoons sesame oil
Spring onions, finely sliced
Salt and pepper to season

1. Make the dough by stirring the yeast into the warm water. Set aside.

2. Combine the plain flour, sugar, egg white, lard, white vinegar and yeast and water mixture. Stir together until it forms a rough dough, then transfer to a well floured surface and knead for a good 10-15 minutes until it becomes smooth. Place in a clean bowl, cover with cling film and leave to rise for 1.5 - 2 hours.

3. Once the dough has doubled in size, knead it gently into a cylinder and cut into small pieces and shape these into balls. Cover with damp kitchen towels and leave to rise for 15 minutes.

7. Roll the balls lengthwise until is about 3-4mm thick. Starting 1-2cm from the top slice the dough into either wide or narrow strips, depending on your own preference. 

8. Glaze the dough and taking a hold of both ends, twist the dough around, then curl one end inwards and underneath. Then curl the remaining end underneath.

9.  Add additional spring onions if needed. Place the buns on parchment paper and leave in the warm steamer with the heat off for 10 minutes. Turn the heat on and cook for around 10-15 minutes.