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Nov 20, 2009 07:47 PM

Chinese steamed buns or dough

I'm planning on making a bunch of Momofuku's Pork Belly Buns for a party:

Anyone know where i can buy the buns already made or the dough?

I've been using one of Trader Joe's flatbreads, and it works ok, but this time I'd like something closer to the original.

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  1. i heard David Chang interviewed recently and he said that the dough is just like what you'd use to make plain white bread, if that helps at all . . . he said it was really a very simple dough.

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    1. re: mariacarmen

      I believe Chang also said that the place where he had what he thought were the best steamed buns ever (and where he kept asking for their "secret recipe") turned out to just be using the same frozen buns you can buy at any big Asian market. So I wonder if making your own would be much of an improvement, except for the freshness factor, of course.

    2. Dim sum places and some Chinese markets will have already made plain buns which people eat like bread. If you're going to stuff them with your own recipe you're better off making your own from scratch.
      Recipe from the Los Angeles Times

      1. Wing Lee Bakery on Clement sells bags of mantou (made with either white flour or wheat flour) that are pretty good. I recommend steaming them to warm them up. The problem with buying them instead of making them is that the buns are usually pretty big.

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        1. re: sfbing

          I have tried a couple recipes but something missing. One thing is the color.....they are not as white. A friend told me her mother put some vinegar in steaming water which is suppose to act as a bleach. I havent tried yet. Any ideas.

        2. I have made my own dough but after a cousin made buns for his "gold coin pork" a dish I no long eat because of health issues (one piece of pork, one piece of honey dip slice of pork fat and hoisin sauce no longer on my diet). I was shocked how well Bridgeport frozen dough work. In fact I no longer take the time to make my own dough. If call up a take out dim sum place they may be willing to make for you.

          1. You can usually buy dough at just about any bakery.