Hoisin Tofu Steamed Buns (Vegan) – A Delicious Fusion of Traditions!
When one thinks of buns, what comes to mind are soft, pillowy pockets of dough stuffed with fillings. Often regarded as an East Asian delicacy, they have become famous worldwide. However, historically speaking, buns are thought to have originated in ancient Greece, where they were a staple food for athletes before the first Olympics.
Buns traveled long distances due to the Silk Road, a network of trade routes that connected China and the Mediterranean world. It was only a matter of time before steamed buns found themselves in China and evolved to become a regional specialty. Different regions of China have their own versions, each adapted to suit their respective local tastes and ingredients.
If you’re curious to discover a vegan version of the big-flavored classic, try our Hoisin Tofu Steamed Buns. The nutty aroma of sesame oil, sweet and savory hoisin sauce, and the umami protein powerhouse tofu are a match made in culinary heaven. These steamed buns are perfect for brunch, lunch, or dinner, and a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.
Our recipe combines the flavors of Chinese cuisine with a modern twist. The tofu is first marinated in a mixture of hoisin sauce, soy sauce, green onions, garlic, and sesame oil to develop a bold, savory flavor. We then pan-fry them, coat them in a cornstarch-based slurry, and allow the sauce to thicken into a silky, glossy consistency. Finally, we sandwich each succulent slice in delicate, steamed bun wrappers, making for a simple yet irresistible hand-held delight.
These buns are a perfect balance of flavors and textures, light and fluffy, sweet and savory, and the filling offers a respite from its neutral counterpart. Indulge in our vegan Hoisin Tofu Steamed Buns today!