Wheat Mantou Recipe (馒头)
December 16th, 2009 35 Comments

Wheat Mantou Recipe (馒头)

Wheat Mantou (馒头)
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Remember Shao of FriedWontons4U who recently shared her shrimp dumplings (har gow/虾饺) recipe with us? She is back with another guest post today and is serving up some delicious looking homemade wheat mantou (馒头), with step-by-step pictures! I have always loved mantou—Chinese steamed buns that are so soft and pillowy right off the steamer. Another great news, Shao is my new intern on Rasa Malaysia, in addition to the talented The Sophisticated Gourmet. Please welcome Friedwontons4u and give her your warmest support!

Growing up with both of my parents working 6 days a week, my mom’s wheat mantou, a wheat version of the classic Chinese plain steam buns, reminded me that no matter how busy she was, she would always have time to make mantou for me. She would make a big batch on her one day off from work each week, steam it, and store it in the freezer all ready for me to re-steam when I come home to an empty house after school. Unlike regular mantous, wheat mantous are chewier and a little denser than softer white ones, and they are especially good served along with a bowl of congee.

When I decided to ask my mom for the recipe, her measurements included a soup spoon full of baking powder and three big rice bowl scoops of flour. After spending a few days reworking the recipe, I believe I have it decoded. This is a very flexible recipe and even though it’s for wheat mantou, you can use regular all purpose flour and cake flour to make a regular white mantou. You can also add more sugar if you like your buns a little sweeter. Although I mix my ingredients in a stand mixer, you can do this all by hand just like how my mom makes it.

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  1. David says:

    WOW SHAO!Congrats! I cant say I’ve ever had wheat mantou before but I am more than willing to try, thanks for sharing.

  2. hcpen says:

    oh! i love wheat mantous~~they’re so much softer than the regular ones and have a yeasty taste to them:-)

  3. jennyccy says:

    When the mantou is hot, it soft; but when you leave it after 30 minutes, it is as hard as rock. Is it all home-made mantou like this? Or it is because of the flour? I use the white flour that i brought in the supermarket, and i didn’t use any cake flour.

    • Shao says:

      Usually mantou do get a little stiff when they are cool down, but they should never be hard as a rock. If they are hard, I think the problem might be either you did not add enough baking powder, over working the dough, or the type of flour you use. The first time I made mantou I over worked my dough and they turned out hard.

  4. zenchef says:

    I want FriedWonton4..ME. Can we share, Bee? :)
    I never heard of wheat mantou before. Once again, i come here and i learn something new. It looks equally delicious and intriguing. Thanks for sharing and congrats to Shao!

  5. Lovely idea to make them wheat, gives more texture. Very nice.

  6. paulchoo says:

    what is the difference between the whole wheat flour and wheat pastry flour? For plain mantou,do i replaced all purpose flour with whole wheat flour and cake flour with wheat pastry flour? thank u in advance!

    • Shao says:

      For plain mantou you would use a mixture of all purpose flour and cake flour. The all purpose flour replaces the whole wheat flour and the cake flour replaces the whole wheat pastry flour.

      The difference between the two wheat flour is wheat pastry flour is lower in gluten vs. regular whole wheat flour. It’s almost similar in difference between all purpose white flour vs. cake or pastry flour. With pastry flour you get a softer texture rather than a firmer chewier texture with regular flour.

  7. DailyChef says:

    Ooh, wheat mantou! I usually had the white ones growing up, but I remember enjoying the different texture of the wheat ones for a change. Thanks for the reminder – I’ll have to bring these back next time.

  8. Shao — beautiful wheat mantou. And now we get to follow you on two sites which is wonderful.

  9. bath mateus says:

    i am interested about it
    I really like how the texture of the wheat ones go with congee vs the white ones.

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  11. sawsiamhong says:

    Hello Shao, The mantou looks yummy. I like mantou but I’m a diabetic. Can i decrease the amount of sugar and what type of milk shall I use? Also can I line the steamer with tea towels? cos i don’t know where to get the coffee liner. I will try it one day. Thank you

    • Shao says:

      Yes, you can definitely decrease the amount of sugar. The amount I listed is more of my own personal taste to how sweet I like it. Feel free to change it up. I used whole milk in the recipe but I have also made mantou with 2% milk before and didn’t notice any big difference. As for using tea towels as lining, I never tried that before but I think it should work out. Interesting idea though. Please let me know how it goes :)

      • sawsiamhong says:

        Thank you very much for your information. I’ll let you know if I make the mantou but don’t know when. CNY is coming and need to start spring cleaning. Anyway early greetings for a Merry Chritmas and a Happy New Year.

  12. Jenny says:

    That looks so delectable! Would be amazing with tender braised pork belly :)

  13. Paulchoo says:

    I really want to try this recipe.I have 3 more questions
    1) can i use instant yeast? is it the same quantity?
    2) why must use ‘warm’ water and milk? what is the temperature?
    3) I don’t have a stand mixer,can i hand knead to achieve the right texture?
    I am sorry to ask so many questions as i am a beginner in cooking and baking.Thank u in advance!

  14. So, nice your posting. It look’s so good in your posting.

  15. Piaanna says:

    I love 馒头。
    They were served usually at chinese weddings(:
    But I had the plain white ones!
    They were delish! Especially with fried pork or just any meat!
    They had slight sweetness to it. Which I loved!
    I was born in Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur.
    And left there 3 years ago…(Here in United States, Utah)… and NOW, I’m 15. I love to cook!
    I missed all the wonderful foods there.
    I just went back there this summer and had a lot of fun and I had a list already to eat what I missed out these three years.
    I tried my favorite: Laksa, Ota-Ota, Nasi Lemak…
    You have all that recipe on here and it helped out a lot!
    Thanks You for all the effort you put in to this website!
    Piaanna/Rui Fang(:
    I’ll definitely try this recipe!

  16. Ken says:

    In the Wheat mantou recipe is it dried yeast or fresh.


  17. It’s really a great idea to use wheat. The texture of the mantou looks so soft and moist! Absolutely awesome!

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  19. I was thinking about making mantou and came across this wonderful recipe! I don’t have wheat pastry flour…so I’m to use cake flour. hope it would work. drooling…oh, and mantou should be great with condensed milk

  20. Sue says:

    Where in KL or Selangor can you get all purpose flour? Tesco does not stock them.

  21. Jennifer L says:

    I made these for my parents today. They didn’t say much other than “they’re good” but they usually don’t say much. I had fun making them and I enjoyed that fresh steamed mantou smell in the kitchen. Thank you for the recipe

  22. Firrhaaana says:

    These look delicious and I really would love to make them! Do you think a double boiler would work the same as a steamer?

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