Liu Sha Bao (Salted Egg Yolk Custard Buns) recipe

Liu Sha Bao (Salted Egg Yolk Custard Buns)

by Tham Jessica (@jessieinthekitchen)
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ChineseSnackDessertVegetarian with EggsNut-Free

Delicious and fluffy buns filled with a creamy and decadent salted egg yolk custard filling.


12 Servings
(1 serving = 1 bun)

The filling

  • 12piece
    salted egg yolks
  • 180g
    butter, cut into cube shape
  • 200g
  • 35g
    custard powder
  • 35g
  • 1tbsp
    gelatin powder
  • 90g

The bao dough

  • 360g
    pao flour
  • 60g
  • 2tsp
    baking powder
  • 1tsp
  • 200mL
    warm water
  • 2tsp
    cooking oil


The filling

  1. Steam the salted egg yolks for 10 minutes, then let them rest for 5 minutes before cooling.

  2. Combine gelatin powder and sugar in a bowl. Dissolve in boiling water, then add the cut butter and stir until melted.

  3. Blend the cooled salted egg yolks until fine. Mix with custard powder and cornstarch.

  4. Add the sugar liquid to the egg yolk mixture and mix until smooth.

  5. Sift the mixture onto a plate, cover with plastic wrap, and freeze for at least 2 hours.

  6. Shape the frozen mixture into balls and return to the freezer.

The bao dough

  1. Combine all dough ingredients in a Thermomix bowl, set at dough button and beat for 7 minutes until elastic and smooth. Adjust with more water if needed.

  2. Let the dough rest for 5 minutes, then shape into small balls.

  3. Flatten and roll out the dough into discs, then place the filling in the center.

  4. Wrap the dough around the filling, pleating or gathering it to enclose.

  5. Proof the buns for 1 hour and 15 minutes, then steam for 11 minutes.

  6. After steaming, let the buns sit for 5 minutes before serving to maintain their soft texture.

    Step 2.1: After steaming, let the buns sit for 5 minutes before serving to maintain their soft texture

Tips & Tricks

  1. For a smoother custard filling, ensure the salted egg yolks are finely blended before mixing with other ingredients.

  2. To prevent the steamed buns from deflating, let them sit in the steamer for a few minutes after turning off the heat before opening the lid.

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