All About Crispy Shiitake Mushroom Buns

Bao buns are made from Chinese cuisines and are warm and fluffy. These buns are great for stuffing with vegetables, tofu, or zesty sauces. These steamed buns can be made by hand using pickled cucumbers and battered-and-fried shiitake mushrooms. 

You'll be a crowd-pleaser if you drizzle some spicy hoisin sauce in the middle. You can also order your bao bun online via

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Making Crispy Shiitake Mushroom Buns:

Combine active dry yeast with 1/8 teaspoon. Mix sugar and 2 tablespoons of warm water until it dissolves. Leave to cool on the counter for 10 min.

Meanwhile, prepare vegetables. Stir rice wine vinegar, sugar, and water in a small bowl until they are dissolved. One bowl should be filled with carrots and the other with cucumbers. 

Half the liquid should be poured over the carrots and the rest over the cucumbers. Allow sitting for 10 minutes before draining excess water from the carrots and cucumbers.

Mix flour, remaining sugar, and warm water together until you have a mixture that looks like buns. Mix yeast mixture until it forms a dough-like consistency.

Dust counter with flour, then place the dough on the countertop. Knead the dough for 5 minutes. Transfer the dough to a greased bowl. Cover the dough with a damp dishcloth, and let it rest for one hour.

Divide the dough into nine pieces of 40g each. You can make thick ovals, but you should smoothen one side. Put the buns in the steamer bowl and cook for 10 minutes. Once they are done, remove them from the heat. 

Combine all sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Warm bao buns with vegetables, fried mushrooms, and sauce are a great choice.