Sweet Potato Mantou (Chinese Steamed Buns) Recipe

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Sweet Potato Mantou (Chinese Steamed Buns)
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  • 1 cup water or 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tsp yeast
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp lard or 4 tbsp butter


  1. Peel and cook sweet potato.
  2. Puree cooked sweet potato in blender with water or milk and sugar.
  3. Pour sweet potato liquid into a bowl, sprinkle with yeast, and allow to dissolve.
  4. Sift dry ingredients together.
  5. Stir flour mixture into yeast mixture. Knead in 1 additional cup of flour as needed.
  6. Melt butter or lard and knead into dough.
  7. Let rise until double (60-90 min).
  8. Roll dough into flat rectangle; starting from front edge, roll dough into log. Cut log into 16 equal segments. (See photos and instructions for more attractive ways to shape the buns here: wendyinkk.blogspot.sg/2009/08/steamed-sweet-potato-mantou.html and here: wendyinkk.blogspot.sg/2011/08/purple-sweet-potato-rose-mantou.html).
  9. Place buns in steamer basket, on cheesecloth, about 1 inch apart.
  10. Steam vigorously for 15-20 minutes.
  11. (The buns can be cooked in the steamer basket of your rice cooker while the rice is cooking. They don't all fit at one time, so I freeze the the rest of the shaped, raw, buns on a flat baking sheet, then transfer to a freezer bag. I can pull them out a few at time to thaw and steam as needed.).
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 352.65 Kcal (1476 kJ)
Calories from fat 127.01 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14.11g 22%
Cholesterol 6.08mg 2%
Sodium 1062.9mg 44%
Potassium 279.42mg 6%
Total Carbs 51.18g 17%
Sugars 8.53g 34%
Dietary Fiber 5.16g 21%
Protein 5.84g 12%
Vitamin C 0.6mg 1%
Vitamin A 0.3mg 9%
Iron 2.8mg 15%
Calcium 150.8mg 15%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 262.64 Kcal (1100 kJ)
Calories from fat 94.59 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10.51g 22%
Cholesterol 4.53mg 2%
Sodium 791.62mg 44%
Potassium 208.1mg 6%
Total Carbs 38.12g 17%
Sugars 6.35g 34%
Dietary Fiber 3.84g 21%
Protein 4.35g 12%
Vitamin C 0.4mg 1%
Vitamin A 0.2mg 9%
Iron 2.1mg 15%
Calcium 112.3mg 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 7.4
  • 9

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • low cholesterol,
  • good source of fiber

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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