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Salapao Steamed Buns Made by Thai Street Vendor


How To Make Steamed Buns Like a Thai Vendor

The version featured in our street vendor video above is made with bamboo, dried shrimp and various Thai spices. The recipe below is how we prepared it, with pork.

Ingredients for the meat filling

1/2 lb ground pork
1/2 tablespoon fresh shallot, finely chopped
1/2 tablespoon garlic, finely chopped
1/2 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon Thai pepper powder
1.5 tablespoons thin soy sauce

Mix the ingredients together, cover, place in fridge and let sit for an hour.

Ingredients for the dough

One 16 oz bag mixed flour for steamed bun
1 cup milk
4 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Knead together for 10 minutes, cover and let sit for 15 minutes at room temperature, then thoroughly knead for an additional 5 minutes.


If you have a kitchen scale, weigh the dough into 40 gram (1.4 oz) pieces. Otherwise roll out your dough and section it into 20 pieces. Next, roll a piece of your dough into a circle, trying to make the center thicker than the outer edge. Place a teaspoon portion of the meat mix into your dough, then lift and turn the dough to form the steamed bun (as shown in video).

We also prepared hard boiled eggs and cut them into 8 equal portions, then put a portion (with yolk part down) on top of the meat mix before sealing up the dough.

Place your buns on a square of wax paper then place into a stacked steamer, cook for about 10 minutes and that's all it takes to make these delicious steamed buns -- Enjoy!

Overall Rating (3)

3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • karen

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Especially now that street vendors are being banned it is a treat to visit your website.
    Mind you, the yeast and baking powder is missing from your list of ingredients. And did you replace the water from the video for milk in the recipe?
    Thanks for all the recipes on the site.

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  • Mike

    Rated 1 out of 5 stars

    I have been following your site for a long time and usually like the recipes allot, but I must honestly say that this recipe is the worst I have seen. I watch the video and all you say is the flour is mostly wheat flour, does this mean you can use just wheat flour. If not, what proportions of other flour do you use. I went to the mixed flour link and there is no mixed flour for dumplings, just the individual flours. The video says there is yeast and baking powder in the mix, but you make no mention of yeast or baking powder in your recipe. Why didn't you just put the ingredients for the mixed flour in the recipe, it would make life so much easier.
    Kind regards

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  • ImpirtFood

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Dear Mike. Thank for your comment. You have helped us correct a problem with our website. We actually sell a flour to make steamed buns. It’s a special mix. We will get it added back to our site in coming days. You are correct that now our recipe links to our general rice flour page rather than the specific product. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

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