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Wrap Sheng Jian Mantou {Easy Authentic Way}

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Wrap Sheng Jian Mantou Easy Authentic Way

Sheng Jian Mantou {生煎馒头} or short for Sheng Jian, also known as pan-fried pork buns, is a traditional Huai Yang style food native to China’s Yangtze River Delta area. It features dumpling size round buns filled with tasty pork fillings. Learn to wrap Sheng Jian Mantou in Huai Yang authentic style but an easy and simplified way.

Sheng Jian Mantou {Easy Authentic Huai Yang Style}
Sheng Jian Mantou {Easy Authentic Huai Yang Style}

Read here on how to make Sheng Jian Wrapper from scratch.

The dough is semi-leavened made of organic all-purpose flour, avocado oil, a pinch of Himalayan pink salt, a little organic cane sugar, active dry yeast, and water.

Use a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer pasta maker attachment (or manual pasta machine) to roll the dough into a flat sheet and then cut into rounds using a 3.5-inch cookie cutter.

Wrap Sheng Jian Mantou Step One – Position the wrapper in one hand and add the filling

Pork Filling on a Sheng Jian Wrapper
Wrap Sheng Jian Mantou Step 1

Open left-hand palm, or the less dominant hand, with four adjacent fingers to form a flat platform and place one wrapper onto the platform. Add about two teaspoonfuls of filling to the center of the wrapper.

Step Two – Fold one side both ends toward the middle

Start with one side, fold both ends toward the middle and slightly overlapping, and then press gently to seal.

Adjust the left-hand holding position so that it sits comfortably in the middle of the left hand’s finger platform.

Wrap Sheng Jian Mantou Step 2
Wrap Sheng Jian Mantou Step Two

Sheng Jian Mantou Wrap Step Three: Fold the other side both ends toward the middle

Wrap Sheng Jian Step Two
Wrap Sheng Jian Step Three

Repeat this for the other side of the wrapper. Fold both ends toward the middle until they are slightly overlapping, and press gently to seal.

Step Four: Check and Seal the Base

This step is to seal the base. Look for gap areas, the corners, for instance, press to seal. The good news is the dough is very pliable, you can even stretch out the dough if you need to in order to seal.

Step Five: Flip the Sheng Jian and organize to make it look round and tall

Wrap Sheng Jian Step Five
Wrap Sheng Jian Step Five

Flip the Sheng Jian upside down, while the left hand loosely holding Sheng Jian, use the right-hand thumb and index finger curved area to squeeze gently while turning at the same time.

Wrap Sheng Jian Step Five
Wrap Sheng Jian Step Five

Place Sheng Jian in the palms, use both hands’ fingers to squeeze gently while turning it to make it tall and round.

Congratulations! You just learned how to wrap Sheng Jian Mantou in an authentic style.

Freshy Wrapped Sheng Jian Mantou
Freshy Wrapped Sheng Jian Mantou

Now go head finishing up wrapping and let’s cook some super yummy Sheng Jian Mantou! Read here for a detailed guided recipe.

Sheng Jian Mantou {Easy Authentic Huai Yang Style}
Sheng Jian Mantou {Easy Authentic Huai Yang Style}
Wrap Sheng Jian Step Five

How to Wrap Sheng Jian Mantou, Shanghai Pan Fried Pork Buns Easy Authentic Way?

Yield: 10 servings
Prep Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour

Sheng Jian Mantou {生煎馒头} or short for Sheng Jian, also known as pan-fried pork buns, is a traditional Huai Yang style food native to China’s Yangtze River Delta area. It features dumpling size round buns filled with tasty pork fillings. Learn to wrap Sheng Jian Mantou in Huai Yang authentic style but an easy and simplified way.

Ingredients

For the Dough:

  • 660 g organic all-purpose flour
  • 360 g water, see notes
  • 8 g dry active yeast
  • 14 g organic cane sugar
  • 2 g Himalayan pink salt
  • 24 g avocado oil

For the Pork Filling:

  • 2 lb ground pork, home ground preferred
  • 1/4 cup Shaoxing wine
  • 1/4 cup natural soy sauce, or dark soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp Zhenjiang vinegar
  • 2 cage-free eggs
  • 2 tbsp arrowroot flour
  • 4 tsp organic cane sugar
  • 2 tbsp sweet fermented bean paste {Tian Mian Jiang}
  • 1 tsp Chinese five-spice powder
  • 4 stalks of green onions
  • 24 thin slices of ginger

Instructions

Make the Doug:

Read here for a detailed step-by-step on how to make a smooth dough.
Sheng Jian Mantou uses semi-leavened dough, therefore use a little less dry active yeast for this dough compared to regular fluffy buns.
Cover the mixing bowl with a damp kitchen towel while you prepare pork filling.
Sheng Jian Mantou Ingredients

Prep Pork Filling:

Read here for a detailed guided recipe on how to make tasty pork filling.

Compared to the original pork filling recipe, we use maximum sugar level and add an extra 2 tbsp sweet fermented bean paste.
Pork Filling on a Sheng Jian Wrapper

Make the Wrappers:

Read here for a detailed step-by-step tutorial on how to use a pasta machine along with a cookie cutter to make dumplings and bun wrappers.

Compared to Jiao Zi or dumpling wrappers, we use a thicker level, setting 2 for the KitchenAid Stand Mixer.

For the corners and patches left behind after you cut the rounds, you can re-knead them together and re-use them and turn them into a dough sheet.
Use cookie cutter to cut dough sheet into Dumpling Wrappers
Sheng Jian Wrapper Using a Pasta Machine and Cookie Cutter

Wrap Sheng Jian Mantou:

  1. Open left-hand palm (the less dominant hand) with four adjacent fingers to form a flat platform and place one wrapper onto the platform. Add about two teaspoonfuls of filling to the center of the wrapper.
    Pork Filling on a Sheng Jian Wrapper
  2. Start with one side, fold both ends toward the middle and slightly overlapping, and then press gently to seal. Adjust the left-hand holding position so that it sits comfortably in the middle of the left hand's finger platform.
    Wrap Sheng Jian Mantou Step Two
  3. Repeat this for the other side of the wrapper. Fold both ends toward the middle until they are slightly overlapping, and press gently to seal.
    Wrap Sheng Jian Step Three
  4. Look for gap areas, the corners, for instance, press to seal. The good news is the dough is very pliable, you can even stretch out the dough if you need to in order to seal.
    Wrap Sheng Jian Step Four
  5. Flip the Sheng Jian upside down, while the left hand loosely holding Sheng Jian, use the right-hand thumb and index finger curved area to squeeze gently while turning at the same time.
    Wrap Sheng Jian Step Five
    Place Sheng Jian in the palms, use both hands' fingers to squeeze gently while turning it to make it look tall and round.
    Wrap Sheng Jian Step Five
  6. Congratulations! You just learned how to wrap Sheng Jian Mantou. Now go ahead finishing up wrapping and let's cook some super delicious pork buns. Read here for more.
    Sheng Jian Mantou {Easy Authentic Huai Yang Style}
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 servings Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 681Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 122mgSodium: 840mgCarbohydrates: 79gFiber: 5gSugar: 7gProtein: 35g

Nutrition calculation is provided by Nutritionix to the best knowledge per ingredients description and isn't always accurate.

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