I’ve been on an epic quest for Chinese frozen steamed buns for a few months. It started back when we lived in the DC suburbs and I would, on occasion, order a dinner box from Blue Apron. Have you ever tried it? Blue Apron delivers a box of your choosing filled with ingredients delivered fresh to your door for dinner. I used it every now and again when work and life got overwhelming, which was quite often in the weeks and months leading up to our international move. One of my favorite recipes was for these hoisin chicken buns with miso sesame slaw. I’d always assumed that I couldn’t make a variation of this classic Taiwanese recipe at home because I am terrible at making the buns from scratch (I tried once, years ago, using this David Chang recipe).
Instead, by using store-bought Chinese steam buns and just working on the filling, this recipe was reduced to a mere 30-40 minutes. Mind. Blown. The key, however, to this entire house of cards is finding good quality frozen steamed buns to cut short the time and effort required to make my own Chinese chicken buns. I quickly discovered that this was no easy feat.
And so the Quest for the Steam Bun Began….