• 1 can of light coconut milk
  • 2 cups self raising flour, plus extra for dusting
  • salt
  • Rice cooker (or steamer of your choice, i had a steamer basked in the bottom of mine)
  • Parchment paper (cupcake papers work too but might stick to the buns)
filling: You can use any meat or no meat filling of your choice but this is what i used.
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds (optional)
  • 1 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger peeled
  • ½ bunch of fresh Cilantro
  • 2 cups of mushrooms Portabella /shitake(you can basically mix any kind of mushroom you want)
  • 1 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tps sweet chili sauce
  • 1 tbs low-salt soy sauce
  • 2 spring onions
  • 1 tbs sesame oil


To make the filling, finally slice the garlic and ginger, chop the cilantro and set aside. Heat up the olive oil in a large frying pan on medium heat, add the ginger, garlic and cilantro. Fry for about 2 mins or until brown. Slice the mushrooms and add them all to the pan for about 5 mins or until they are golden brown. Add the Vinegar, chili sauce, and cook for about 3 mins or until the liquid has boiled and the mushrooms start to caramelize. transfer to a bowl and mix in the fine chopped spring onions (white parts save the green for later)and stir in the sesame oil.
Time to make the dough, ho ho ho….going to need a food processor with a dough arm thingy, Pour in the coconut milk and 2 cups of flour and a pinch of salt to the food processor and blend the dough until it starts to ball up. Take it out and plop it onto the surface with a dusting of flour ontop first. Roll it out into a thick sausage. Cut it up into equal pieces ( i got about 10 pieces) roll into balls, then flatten them into round disks. about the size of your palm. Cover the dough with a kitchen dough to prevent them from drying out.
Take your disks of dough and spoon (about 1 tbs) in the filling making sure to leave enough room to pinch the edges together and form a seal. Place upside down (the pinched edge side)onto a small square of parchment paper or cupcake paper. place onto the steamer basket in your rice cooker that has about an inch of water on the bottom. My rice cooker could only fit about 5 buns in at a time. When you put the lid on tilt it slightly to let the condensation roll down and not onto your buns. Ive seen people put a kitchen towel over the top before putting the lid on too to prevent the water from falling onto your buns. Let them steam for about 12 mins or until hot throughout and puffed up!
Lid is tipped up so to allow the condensation to drip back and not onto the buns


When your buns are done pull them out and garnish with sesame seeds and spring onions or cilantro! Some people like soy sauce or Hoisin sauce for dipping but i didn’t need any! Enjoy!
Feel free to ask if you have any questions!

P.S. If you want the cheaters version, you can use Pillsbury dough boy biscuit pre made. Read that some little Asian grandma recommended it in case you were in a hurry!  I didn’t cause i wanted to know what i was putting into my dough. But I read you get the same results!