Vegan Bao Buns

Fluffy Gluten free bao buns filled with tons of asian flavours! This recipe requires a bit of patience but it is 100 worth it! Straight from an asian restaurant.

This buns need to set and sire for about 2 hours before they are ready to steam so they are fluffy and bouncy. But don't worry the prep time is under 10 min so all you have to do is knead and wait until they are ready to steam.

You can fill them up with pretty much anything you have at hand but my favourite combo is veggie sticks, coriander, crushed peanuts and hoisin pulled jackfruit ( You can find my recipe here)

So get cooking and have this colourful and tasty rainbow bao buns for a fun asian food kinda night!

Vegan Bao Buns

Serves: 8 small Buns

Prep Time: 2 hr

Cooking Time: 10 min


Bao Buns

  • 2 cups Flour ( I used gluten free)

  • 1/2 tsp Baking powder

  • 1/4 tsp Salt

  • 1/2 Cup + 2 Tbsp Warm water

  • 1 1/2 tsp Dry Yeast

  • 2 tsp Maple Syrup

  • 2 tsp Olive or Sesame seed oil

Pulled Jackfruit


Pulled Hoisin Jackfruit ( Find recipe here)

Fresh Coriander

Extra Hoisin Sauce

Sliced Cucumber

Crushed peanuts

Carrot sliced into matchsticks

Shredded red cabbage.


  1. In a large bowl, add flour, baking powder and salt and combine. In a separate bowl, dissolve the dry yeast in the warm water and let rest for 5 min.

  2. Add the yeast mixture, maple syrup and oil to the flour bowl and knead for 5-7 minutes, or until the dough is smooth. roll into a bowl and place in a bowl. ( Dough should be slightly sticky )

  3. Cover the dough with cling film or a clean kitchen towel and let it rise in a warm place for about 1hr 30 min 1/2 hours. In the mean time your bao buns rise prepare your fillings by chopping your veggies and cooking the hoisin pulled jackfruit ( Find recipe here)

  4. Once the dough has set and almost doubled in size, use a knife or cookie cutter and divide dough into 8 small balls. Place each bowl on a small pice of parchment paper. Place on a plate or baking sheet cover with a towel and let them set & rise for another 45 min.

  5. Place buns in a steamer cover with a lid and steam for 8 min or until the are puffed. Repeat with all buns.

  6. To assemble slightly open each bun with a knife and fill them with veggies, jackfruit and herbs and enjoy immediately!

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