Chinese bread (mantou) recipe that you can steam or fry

If you are a lover of these typical Chinese buns, either fried or steamed, sweet or savory, here is the recipe so you can prepare them as you like, take note!

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Chinese bread, or mantou, is one of those basic dishes of Chinese cuisine that drives many people crazy, although it takes practically the same ingredients as any other bread recipe to make it. These buns are super fluffy, but also crunchy, if you opt for the fried version. You can steam or fry them, and you can also eat them in both sweet and savory dishes. If you want to get down to work, here is a simple and quick recipe to make your own Chinese bread.

Recipe for Chinese bread or mantou, fried or steamed


  • 250 g flour
  • 125 ml water
  • 2 g dry yeast
  • 60 g sugar
  • Oil for frying
  • Salt
  • Butter


  • Put all the ingredients in a bowl: flour, yeast, salt, sugar and mix well.
  • Add the warm water and a little butter and start kneading until a homogeneous dough is formed. Then cover with a kitchen towel until it rises in volume.
  • Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and form a square with the dough and divide it into 4 equal portions.
  • Continue working the dough and with the help of a rolling pin form a 2 cm rectangle and paint it with a little butter, then roll it from one end to the other. Do the same with all the rolls you want to cook and let it rest for 30 minutes.
  • If you prefer to steam them, you will have to prepare the steamer and leave them for 10-12 minutes.
  • If you are going to fry them, heat the oil, fry the Chinese bread until lightly browned and place them on absorbent paper to remove the excess oil.

You can eat it plain or accompany it with any Chinese dish or sauce.