Red Bean Paste Steamed Buns

Nov 18, 2005 by Pfil | 6 Comments| Share it:   



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  • Prep: ~30 mins.
  • Cook: ~30 mins.
  • Serves: 7

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  • 300g (10.5 ounces) of aduki (red) beans
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 3 1/2 tsps baking powder
  • 3 tbsps caster (superfine) sugar
  • 2 tbsps softened lard
  • 1/2 cup water (roughly)
  • 1/2 tsp white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil (for brushing)

Step 1

I had never made red bean steamed buns before but I figured I'd give it a shot. Making the bean paste took the better part of a day but it wasn't constant work, merely checking it out occasionally. If you have the time I recommend it as it is quite the tasty treat. Soak 300g (10.5 ounces) of aduki (red) beans for 8-24 hours. Strain, then bring to a boil covered with an inch of water. Once boiling, strain and return to the saucepan with a whole bunch of water.


Step 2

Boil for 1-2 hours stirring every 20-30 minutes or so.


Step 3

When the beans are tender enough to be falling apart when you squeeze them, they're done. Take off the heat, let sit for 20 minutes and then drain off the top, clearer liquid leaving behind the thicker darker stuff. Add more cold water and let sit until the beans settle and pour off the top again. Do this 3 times and then strain the beans through a cloth lined strainer/colander.


Step 4

Return half of the beans to the saucepan over high heat with 1 1/2cups of sugar.


Step 5

Stir until the sugar is mixed in, then add the rest of the beans and another cup or so of sugar. Sort of mash them up a bit with your stirring implement or a masher, but having some whole beans doesn't hurt the dish. Add a pinch of salt, then take it off the heat and let it cool until you're ready to make the buns.


Step 6

Dough ingredients:


Step 7

Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl, add the sugar and mix. Add the lard and rub it in with your fingertips until evenly distributed.


Step 8

Add the water until it comes together into a nice doughy mass.


Step 9

Roll it into a ball.


Step 10

Cover and let it sit for 30 minutes.


Step 11

Split the ball into 8 roughly even sized pieces. Flatten the dough balls into circles.


Step 12

Then roll out each piece and put a spoonful of bean paste onto the "circle" of dough.


Step 13

Pull up the sides around the filling and pinch them together, give the pinched flaps a twist to hold them closed and put them onto a piece of parchment paper in your steamer.


Step 14

Brush the tops with sesame oil.


Step 15

Then steam the buns.


Step 16

About 20 minutes later they should be done, so plate them.


Step 17

Serve your red bean paste buns.

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user does not have an avatar weblurker

Mar 01, 2006

Do you really add 1.5 cups of sugar to the first half of the beans and then another cup of sugar with the second half of the beans?

user does not have an avatar weblurker

Mar 23, 2006

I made two sets of buns with this recipe and they both turned out pretty well.
I used half the amount of sugar specified in the recipe for the first batch, which turned out fine. I used 2 1/2 cups of sugar in the second batch and I found the filling to be too sweet, but that may be just a personal taste thing.
Also, I was only able to buy the beans in a 450 gram package. I cooked the beans in a pressure cooker (30-45 minutes depending on the beans) to save time. I found that 454 grams of adzuki beans made enough filling for 30 buns.

user does not have an avatar wednesday

Nov 14, 2007

This recipe was very helpful! Sadly, I do not own a steamer, but somehow they turned out very well! I was actually shocked! I was assuming they would be doughy in the middle, but they were perfect. Thanks for the recipe!

user does not have an avatar Susan

Apr 03, 2010

The vinegar in the ingredients doesn’t appear in the recipe - where is that used?

Also, you didn’t list the 2 and a half cups of sugar needed later on in the recipe in your ingredients. Might just help people out a bit to know all the ingredients before they start.

Just made it, we couldn’t get it pasty enough sadly (not sure what we did wrong), and the dough isn’t quite sweet enough, but it’s not bad.


user does not have an avatar Anna

Mar 03, 2011

Ditto here.  This recipe is all messed up because it’s Chinese and not African!!!  The bean paste can be made at home or purchased canned in Chinese grocery along with sesame oil.  Also, you can enjoy at any Chinese Dim Sum restaurant in major cities on weekends.  Enjoy.


Feb 23, 2012

Can you maybe post a video for this recipe? Your wording confuses me a bit and it would help us out a lot if u could show us smile

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