Turkey Bao Buns

These look hard to make, but are actually quite easy.
The filling is made of turkey, which makes it high in protein and low in fat!
5 van 1 stem
Cooking time 30 mins
Steam time 10 mins
Total time 40 mins
course Main, Snack
cuisine Asian
servings 2 persons
calories 205 kcal


  • Steamer
  • Frying pan


The dough

  • 160 g all purpose flour
  • 40 g cornstarch
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 125 ml coconut milk

The filling

  • 1 garlic clove
  • ½ thumb sized ginger
  • 200 g lean turkey bacon
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 3 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 el agave syrup
  • 20 g chopped spring onion
  • ½ tl cayenne pepper
  • 1 tl onion powder

Serve with

  • 250 g mushrooms
  • 1 broccoli
  • 100 g carrots


  • Heat some oil in a pan and add in grated garlic and ginger. Cook until golden brown. Add the turkey, cook till crispy. 
  • Place the turkey into a bowl, discard any juice if any. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Cool completely before using.
  • Add all of buns ingredients into a food processor. Blend until everything comes together. Knead into a dough and form into a log. 
  • Cut into 8 equal pieces and form into a ball. Cover the dough with cling film when not using to prevent from drying.
  • Take a ball and flatten it a bit. Roll into a 9 cm disk with a thinner edges all around. You can do this by keep rolling ⅓ in to the center and twisting the dough. 
  • Place the dough on your palm and spoon some filling in the middle. Take one edge and bring it to the center and then keep pleating and pinching the rest of the edges, leaving a small hole in the middle (I would recommend to watch a video on how to do this). 
  • Bring some water to a boil on high medium heat. The water should not be touching the bottom of your bamboo steamer.
  • Arrange the filled buns in your steamer. Place the steamer on the pan for 10 minutes or until are fully cooked. Cut and cook the vegetables in the meantime. 


Vegan: use tofu instead of turkey bacon.
Seasoning: no additional seasoning needed. 


Sugar: 5.4gFiber: 2.2gCalories: 205kcalSaturated Fat: 3.5gFat: 6.1gProtein: 8.8gCarbohydrates: 27.8g
course Main, Snack
cuisine Asian
keyword Bao buns, Dumplings, Turkey bao buns
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