Steam Buns Recipe with Pork

Pork steam buns

Pork Steam Buns

For pork belly

  • 1 lb skinless boneless pork belly, cut into quarters
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 2 bottle pale ale
  • 2 tbspn course salt

For buns 

  • 1 ½ cups warm water
  • 1 tbspn plus 1 tsp active dry yeast
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tbspn salt
  • 3 tablespoons nonfat dried milk
  • 4 ½ cups bread flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1/3 cup rendered pork fat

Quick Pickled Cucumbers

  • 2 cucumbers
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup sugar

Quick Kimchee 

  • 2 heads napa cabbage
  • 1/2 cup sea salt
  • 5 cups water
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1″ piece ginger
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 3  tablespoon anchovy paste
  • 2 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoon Korean chili flakes
  • 2 tbspn honey
  • 2 red chilies seeded and thinly sliced, optional
  • 2 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds


Cut off the stem part of cabbage. Cut each cabbage leaf in half or 3­4 section (depends on the size) vertically. Place the cabbage leaves in a large mixing bowl.

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Combine salt and water and bring to a full boil dissolving the salt. Cool down for 5 minutes and pour over cabbages in mixing bowl. Let it sit for 10 minutes, turn the cabbages over to the other side and continue to soak for 5 more minutes. Rinse once and drain thoroughly.
To make Kimchi filling, combine garlic, ginger, onion and anchovy sauce in a blender and puree until smooth. Pour the puree in a small mixing bowl. Add Korean chili flakes, sugar, and honey. Mix well.

Place drained cabbages in a large shallow mixing bowl. Add the red chilies if using, and the Kimchi filling. Toss all together to coat evenly. Sprinkle toasted sesame seeds and toss well. Adjust seasoning as you wish.

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This Kimchi will stay fresh in the fridge for 10 days. 

Steam Buns how to 

Put the water and yeast into a bowl and wait for the yeast to dissolve

Put into mixer add sugar, salt, dried milk, bread flour, powder, baking soda

Then add the pork fat, any fat will do. Bacon fat or duck fat.

After your dough is made divide into little balls then let sit for 20 -30 mins. They will double in size.

Then roll out the balls and add oil on one half then fold. The oil will stop the bun from sticking to the other side. After that place on steamer for 7 minutes.

Fill and serve! 

If you are looking for something a bit different this recipe is sure to impress.


  1. I am not a pork fan, but my hubby is and would probably love these
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  2. mommyjuiced says

    So yummy!!!

  3. This looks so yummy! Thank you for sharing the recipe, I will have to try this.
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  4. This sounds like a recipe my family would love! Thanks for posing Kim 🙂

  5. This recipe looks simple to follow and yet the food looks so professional and yummy! I can't wait to try this!

  6. Jennifer Williams says

    I have never tried to make steam buns, it looks like something I could do so maybe Sadly I have only made bread with my bread machine – I will give this a try. The recipe sounds really good.
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  7. Aisha Kristine Chong says

    This made me drool – it looks soo yummy. I have to try!
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  8. This is something I haven't tried before and now I can't wait to do it. It all looks so darn good!
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  9. massholemommy says

    Oooh, these sound really good – and perfect for a dinner party that I am having in a few weeks. Thanks for the awesome recipe.

  10. I have never heard of steam buns but I would sure like to try them. They do look good in your photo!
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  11. becca112971 says

    Yummy this is such a wonderful recipe must try.

  12. I have never heard of such. But it is something I want to try out now.
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  13. jeffmarias2001 says

    I never thought about this but it sounds like a yummy idea! Perfect for finger food items.

  14. These look great! I love steam buns but I had never thought to make them myself.
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  15. toughcookiemommy says

    These steam buns look so yummy. I like the fact that you could make them with a variety of ingredients.
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  16. casavilorainteriors says

    I love the name: Steam Buns! It's very catchy. I am not a meat eater, but it does sound like a great delicious meal

  17. amandaripsam says

    I love to make steam buns my self. I bet it taste as good as it looks.

  18. ladymarielle says

    Seriously, that pork made my mouth water. I will have to try this (pinned it for later).
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  19. Oh wow this looks delicious I do love pork. I might have to try and make this myself 🙂 x
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  20. kristentoneycampbell says

    Oh, this looks yummy! You were quite creative with this ensemble!

  21. Amber Nelson says

    I have never heard of this recipe before, but I may have to try!
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  22. These look really delicious and different.. I know some people shy away from pork but it is one of my favorite meats and just as lean as other meats if you buy the right cut.
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  23. These look delish. I have never made these I have tried them in restaurants. Thanks for sharing the recipe, I will try to make them.
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  24. Toni Patton says

    These look so good! I have never heard of this before now, but they look like something I would enjoy!!

  25. It looks tasty. Even better though, it looks fun to make!

  26. My husband needs to make these for dinner tonight. They look delicious!

  27. I loved having steam buns as a kid, but in our family, we always had duck! Yummy!
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  28. earthformed says

    These look really yummy. I've never tried or tried to make steam buns so this will be a fun project. I wonder if there is a gluten free version of these anywhere?
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  29. They looks so good! I'm going to pin them to my food board!
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  30. I've never heard of these. They sound interesting.
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  31. It sounds something my sister and I would devour to bits!

  32. Christy Martin says

    I am on my own for about 7 days. I might try these! New recipes take a wide spread, but my gawd – these look so yummy and fun to make with some loud playing music!

  33. I love pork steam buns. Too bad can't find pork belly here.

  34. I’ve never heard of steam buns but from the pictures it does look/sound quite yummy.

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