Pao a.k.a Steamed Bun

Resep Pao dalam Bahasa Indonesia –> klik di sini

Yields : 12 – 15 pieces

Cooking Time : 3 – 3½ hours


  • 1 2/3 cup all purpose Flour, ± 250 gram
  • ½ – ¾ teaspoon Baking Powder, depends on the flour used
  • 1 ½ teaspoon Powdered Sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoon Instant Yeast
  • 2/3 cup + ½ tablespoon Lukewarm Water , ± 165 ml
  • 2 – 3 tablespoon Vegetable Oil

Special Utensils:

  • Steamer.
  • Parchment/ cupcake paper.

How To:

  1. Enter the flour and the baking powder into a large bowl and make a hole / well in the middle of the flour.
  2. Enter the powdered sugar and the instant yeast into the hole / well, and pour in about 5 tablespoons (± 75 ml) of lukewarm water, let it stand for 15 minutes or until the instant yeast become active and bubbly.
  3. After the instant yeast is quite fluffy, stir it together with the flour around.

  4. Pour the remaining lukewarm water into the batter, and mix it again until form a well blended dough.

  5. Knead the dough until smooth for 5 minutes, then cover it with a damp cloth and let it stand about 1 hour or up to 2-times larger than the original dough and there are bubbles / air holes on the surface of the dough.
  6. After quite develops, punch the dough to make the air out of it, then knead it for 5 minutes, add the vegetable oil, and knead it again for another 5 minutes.

  7. Divide it into sections, fill or shape it according to taste.

  8. Place the filled and shaped dough on a parchment paper or cupcake paper, let it stand about 15-30 minute.

  9. Prepare the steamer and steamed the dough about 15 minutes or until done.

  10. The Pao ready to be served with any favorite stuffing or sauce, to taste.


  • The amount of baking powder required depends on the flour used. For example, in Indonesia needs about ½ teaspoon for Lumbung flour, and ¾ teaspoon for Bogasari flour, in the U.S. requires about ½ teaspoon for Pillsbury flour.
  • The time required to inflate the dough varies, depends on the room temperature. The more heat, the more rapidly expands. When it is winter, then preheat the oven for a while and then power off and insert the dough into it, the dough will expand faster.
  • When kneading, sprinkle hands and kneads’ surface with a little flour to prevent sticking. Similarly to the parchment paper or cupcake paper, so the Pao will not overly attached to the paper after steaming.
  • Cover the steamer’s lid cover with a cloth when steaming, and open the lid carefully to prevent water dripping into the Pao.
  • The steamed Pao can be frozen in the freezer, and heated again when you want to eat (expire duration depends on its stuffs or fills)

This Pao recipe is a basic recipe which can be used in these recipes:

Char Siu Pao

Chocolate Pao

Hua Juan Pao


3 thoughts on “Pao

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