Hello everyone! I don’t know how many of you follow me on Instagram and here simultaneously but if you did get a peek at my Insta post of the cutest mantou burgers, I’m sure you want the recipe!
I watch all sorts of food shows, along with travel shows – they’re both a bit of an obsession. I don’t believe in mindless consumption of anything that’s available to you, I like good food. And by that, I don’t mean rich food, not on a daily basis anyway. A bit of buttery or sweet indulgence is good once in a while but not everyday. I’ve wanted to make steamed buns ever since I first saw them on TV and last Saturday I decided I’m going to do it!
For the mantou (that’s the plain Chinese steamed buns), I followed this wonderful recipe from food52.com. I don’t know how many of you are going to get put off by the “from scratch” part of the recipe but they’re not difficult at all. And the end result? Totally worth the bit of waiting you have to do. They’re soft and pillowy yet firm but yielding!! You can make the stuffed version as you’ll find from the recipe (which I will totally be making the next time) or the plain ones. I loved this recipe. Foolproof? Unless you intentionally ruin it that is.
For the burger patties, I used beef in this instance. You can use whatever meat you prefer though too lean a meat will give you crumbly, dry patties. Ok, onwards!
– 300 gms minced meat of your choice.
– 1 red onion, finely chopped or minced.
– 5-6 garlic cloves (or less, if you’re not a fan of garlic), finely chopped.
– 1 inch of ginger, finely chopped.
– 1 or 2 green chilies, finely chopped.
– a large bunch of coriander leaves (and stalk), finely chopped.
– 1 tbsp plum sauce (this was store bought, and not pure plum sauce. This was more, marinade style but yummy). If you don’t have this kind of thing, you can add half and half honey and vinegar.
– 1 handful bread crumbs.
– 1 egg (add it last, and only if the mixture won’t hold together).
– Salt, and cracked black pepper to taste.
– Mix all the ingredients together until combined well. Check for seasoning.
– Form into patties appropriate in size to the mantou buns you’re making.
– Fry them in a non stick skillet or frying pan on one side. Flip when slightly brown and cook on the second side.
(They should be caramelized and slightly crispy on the outside and cooked on the inside.)
– Cut the mantou in half, spread some plum sauce on one half, put the cooked burger patty inside, and close the bun.
– Et voilà, you’ve got yourself a smashing mantou burger!!
*Feel free to add any veg to your burger, salad leaves and what not. Mine were just too tiny to hold much else other than the burger but it was oh so good!! Flavourful and satisfying without the need for anything extra! 👌😘
Are you going to make these? If yes, do let me know how you liked them! Bon appétit!! 🍔