Beetroot bao buns

Total: 2 hr 45 min. | Active: 45 min.
vegan, lactose-free
Nutritional value / person: 661 kcal
, Fat: 26 g
, Carbohydrate: 89 g
, Protein: 15 g

These pink buns are certainly no shrinking violets! But nor do they have any reason to shy away. With their spicy umami mushroom filling, these fluffy steamed bao buns will even bring meat lovers to their knees!


4 people


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Bao buns

2 dl beetroot juice
½ dl sunflower oil
1 parcel dry yeast (approx. 7 g)
350 g white flour
½ tsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp baking powder
a little oil

Mushroom filling

250 g shiitake mushrooms, chopped
3 tbsp Maizena cornflour
oil for frying
1 tbsp sesame oil
2 garlic cloves, pressed
20 g ginger, finely grated
2 tbsp cane sugar
1 dl water
4 tbsp soy sauce
3 tbsp rice vinegar
1 ½ tsp Sriracha-Sauce
1 spring onion incl. green part, cut into thin rings, greens set aside

To fill

30 g beetroot shoots
2 tbsp salted peanuts, coarsely chopped
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How it's done

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Bao buns

Mix the beetroot juice and oil in a bowl, add the yeast. Combine the flour, salt, sugar and baking powder, mix in. Knead for approx. 10 mins. to form a soft, smooth dough, cover and leave to rise for approx. 1½ hrs. at room temperature. Roll out the dough to approx. 5 mm thick, cut out 12 circles (each approx. 8 cm in diameter) using a cutter. Brush the circles with a little oil, fold in the middle, place in the prepared basket, cover and leave to rise once again for approx. 30 mins.

Mushroom filling

Mix the mushrooms with 2 tbsp of cornflour. Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan. Sauté the mushrooms for approx. 5 mins., remove and set aside. Reduce the heat. Heat the sesame oil in the same pan. Sauté the garlic and ginger for approx. 3 mins., add the sugar, cook for approx. 2 mins. until the sugar begins to caramelize. Mix 1 tbsp of cornflour with the water, soy sauce, rice vinegar and Sriracha sauce, add to the pan, simmer for approx. 1 min. while stirring. Add the onion and mushrooms, heat through.

To steam the bao buns

Place a steamer basket in a wide pan, fill with water to just below the bottom of the basket. Cover the buns and steam over a medium heat for approx. 10 mins.

To fill

Spoon the mushroom filling into the bao buns, garnish with the beetroot shoots, peanuts and reserved onion greens.

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