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5 Minute Microwave Chinese Buns

These homemade Chinese buns are so easy to make and just as good as traditional ones. Each bun takes less than five minutes to prepare and cook in the microwave. No dealing with yeast, or steamers! Fill them with your favorite proteins like char siu or pork belly.

chinese bun filled with pork and cucumber

Happy Lunar New Year! I’m celebrating with these easy, made-from-scratch Chinese buns, which I stuffed with pork belly, scallions, cucumbers and hoisin sauce, inspired by the famous Momofuku’s Pork Belly Buns.

Each bun takes less than five minutes to prepare and cook. No dealing with yeast, steamers, etc.

process photo collage showing the batter on a plate and a cooked bun on a plate
pork-filled 5-minute homemade chinese bun
Chinese steamed buns come in various different forms: plain, sealed with a savory or sweet filling, or in a thin pancake form. The pancake form is quite popular at restaurants. A thin round bun has pork belly or some sort of protein like char siu, in the center, and is then folded over and eaten like a sandwich.

I always crave Chinese buns this time of year and I usually make them. But, I’ve been pretty exhausted from my weekend of cooking for my Lunar New Year party, and the thought of having to deal with yeast, proofing, waiting, was just too much.

Luckily, last year, I accidentally discovered a way to create a Chinese bun mug cake. I had been meaning to create a new cake and instead what came out of the microwave was something that tasted exactly like the Chinese steamed buns of my childhood.

I decided I would make those buns again, but I made them even better by making them into pancake form. When they cook in a mug, they are a little thick and dense, so I usually do half servings. However, by spreading out the batter, these stay light and fluffy and I honestly could not taste the difference between these and the traditional steamed buns I usually make.
a close-up photo of chinese bun with pork, hoisin sauce, and cucumber slices
In the past, I’ve used the Pillsbury dough shortcut method, but I prefer these. The Pillsbury ones are a little too buttery. These look and taste exactly like the Chinese steamed buns and are faster since there is no steaming involved. Each one takes just a minute to cook and then it’s ready.

You can pair the buns with any sort of protein or vegetables and top with scallions and hoisin sauce. I just happened to have some leftover pork belly, and this was such a delicious way to eat up the leftovers.

Happy New Year!

a stuffed Hello Kitty doll


5 Minute Homemade Chinese Buns

Servings: 1
Prep Time: 4 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: Chinese
A quick and easy single Chinese bun that takes only a few minutes to make. I like to stuff mine with pork belly, but you can use whatever protein you like to fill yours. 
5 from 4 votes


  • 4 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp condensed milk
  • 3 tbsp skim milk


  • Using a small whisk, mix all ingredients in a small bowl until batter is smooth. The batter will be thick.
  • Line a small round plate with parchment paper. Pour batter into the center. Usually a spatula, carefully smooth out the batter so that it forms a circle 4 inches in diameter.
  • Microwave for about 1 minute (see note). Add desired fillings and fold the round in half. Eat immediately.


The cooking time may vary depending on your microwave settings. My microwave is a 1000 watt and it took 1 minute to fully cook.


Serving: 1bun, Calories: 190kcal, Carbohydrates: 36g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 46mg, Potassium: 278mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 13g, NET CARBS: 35g

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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46 comments on “5 Minute Microwave Chinese Buns”

  1. Hi. This sounds like a great and easy recipe! I got a shock when I checked the nutritional info section – but then quickly realized it must be wrong. I checked it twice (two different sites), and I get this instead:
    Calories Carbs Fat Protein Sodium Sugar
    139 27 1 5 143 2

    That looks much better, don’t you think? 🙂

    • The nutrition information is an estimate but we did recheck it and get the same result that is listed on the card.

  2. I used some leftover homemade condensed milk for the recipe instead, and it turned out a little sweet, but the texture and convenience are A+. So glad that I didn’t need to deal with proofing or steaming or baking for some delicious bao with my braised pork belly for dinner tonight!

  3. Good recipe. Too sweet for my taste, but just swapping the condensed milk for an extra tablespoon of skimmed or semi skimmed milk made it good for me. Thanks for this

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