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Vegan Matcha Bao Buns with pulled Jackfruit

Ingredients for the Matcha Bao Bun

  • 2 tsp Matcha
  • 500 g Flour
  • 50 g Sugar
  • 3 g Salt
  • 4 g Baking Powder
  • 5 g Dried Yeast
  • 145 ml Warm Water
  • 145 ml Soya Milk
  • 15 ml Sesame Oil plus oil for the preparation of the buns

Ingredients for the Pulled Jackfruit

  • 450 g jackfruit in a can
  • 2 small spring onions
  • 4 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 3-4 tsp tamari / soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp hoisin sauce plus for serving
  • 2 tspraw cane sugar or maple sirup
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp chinese five spice powder


  • Sliced oyster mushrooms
  • 1/2 thinly sliced cucumber
  • thinly sliced radish
  • chopped peanuts
  • thinly sliced onions
  • bunch of fresh coriander


Mix flour, sugar, Matcha, salt, baking powder and dried yeast in a bowl. Add water and soy drink and knead the dough with your hands until it is smooth and does not stick to your hands. If the dough is too firm, add some soya milk.

Cover the dough in the bowl with a cloth and let it rest for 60 minutes. Once the dough has doubled place it on a wooden board and form it into a roll. Sesame oil helps that the dough does not stick to your hands. Cut 60 g pieces from the roll and form it into a ball. Press the balls flat and roll out the dough with a rolling pin to form circles (10 cm in diameter). In order to give the buns the typical shape place a chopstick in the surface and fold the dough in half. The buns have to rest covered for another 30 minutes on a baking tray.

The buns can either be steamed in a steamer at 100% humidity and 100 °C (10-15 min.) or in a asian bamboo steamer where baking parchment is placed on the bottom (3-5 min.).

Take the pieces of jackfruit from the can and dig it with your fingers so that the pieces disintegrate easily – so the sauce can be better absorbed. Heat 2 tsp vegetable oil in a medium sized pan. Roast gently spring onions add the chopped garlic and grated ginger and fry until it smells. Add the Chinese 5 spices powder and fry on low heat for 1 minute. Now add all other ingredients for the sauce: Tamari/soy sauce, Hoisin sauce and rice vinegar. Finally add the jackfruit pieces and mix everything well so that the fruit can absorb the maximum amount of sauce.

Now fill all buns with pulled jackfruit, fresh vegetables, herbs, mushrooms and some hosing sauce.