Plain Mantou

My youngest boy has been bugging me to buy mantous for him to eat. I told him I will try to make one of these days for him as I don't have the right flour at home. It didn't happen over the next weeks. He bugged me again. I didn't know he can be so persistent.

Then one fine day, my colleague told me he bought a packet of HK flour because it was on cheap sales. He asked me what can it be used for. I told him it can be used to make pau, or tim sum etc. The next day, he brought the packet of flour to office and pass it to me! Now, should I say it's coincidental or my son can make things happen his way??

I have tried making paus before, but not mantou. Then I recalled seeing some recipe on some blogs. I went through a few blogs and found a mantou recipe on Gina's blog. Ah, this is what I called "God's will"! The recipe didn't seemed that difficult. So I tried attempting it on a weeknight (it won't happen on weeknight if much proofing is required).
Immediately after steaming, I let my children try, in particular my youngest boy. I told him that since he like mantou, I have fulfilled my promise and made it for him. He agreed that the mantou did taste nice. I tried a bite size, and liked it too. Then he said to me,"but mummy, I want those mantou like swiss roll kind!" *faint* *pengz* *roll eyes*
I must say, he is really a very demanding boy and knows exactly what he wants! I told him I'll make it for him another time. So you can be assured, I should be attempting mantous again... (but might not be so soon!)

16 comments:

Jess @ Bakericious said...
August 31, 2010 at 10:06 PM

Jane, your mantou looks good for 1st attempt, look forward for your swiss roll mantou :).

ReeseKitchen said...
August 31, 2010 at 10:46 PM

Hahaha...very clever boy..:) My girl is as demanding as your boy...making me cracking my head to fulfill their requests and orders..hahaha!
Btw, very nice man tao..:)

Kitchen Corner said...
September 1, 2010 at 8:55 AM

I want man tou too, the swiss roll kind with some pandan color on it, please Jane! haha... Hey, your man tou looks soft and fluffy. I've not think of making man tou myself. It seems like quite fun hur! Great that your boy loves it, make more for him ya!

Fiona said...
September 1, 2010 at 9:48 AM

Hee.. I beat you to this.. I tried making Mantou with my boys before (last year). They loved it to the bites. And YES we made the swiss roll kind... but again, the look is not appetitizing at all :D

Happy Homebaker said...
September 1, 2010 at 10:28 AM

Mantou is very nice when it is just steamed :) You are a great mum! If my boys have such requests I will ask them to go buy their own ;)

Honey Bee Sweets said...
September 1, 2010 at 1:07 PM

Well great job mum for keeping your promise and making it for your son. I totally understand the part where sometimes it's hard to please them, like mine! Anyway, looks fluffy and soft mantou there....looking forward to see the spiral version from u soon. ;)

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more said...
September 1, 2010 at 3:10 PM

Looks good leh.
But then not only hong kong flour, all purpose, or regular pau flour will make nice steamed buns too.
Just that they won't make the buns as white as HK flour as HK flour is bleached.

Passionate About Baking said...
September 1, 2010 at 9:00 PM

Hi Jess and Reese,
Thanks! A bit of shape though. :p

Hi Grace,
I was pleasantly surprised by the sweetness and softness of this plain mantou too! I was glad my boy liked it too! Hey, you can try this recipe, it's very easy.

Passionate About Baking said...
September 1, 2010 at 9:02 PM

Hi Fiona,
Ah, finally you beat me to trying out new recipes! Hahaha... It's not easy to make swiss roll mantou right? Look is not so important, taste is more when it comes to homemade stuff. Heehee..

Hi HHB,
Yes, when it's just freshly steamed, it was truly very nice. HHB, you're just too humble. You have baked all your boys' favourites that they will not request for anything else. I usually bake what I like, therefore, they have to request for food all the time! Hahaha...

Passionate About Baking said...
September 1, 2010 at 9:06 PM

Hi HBS,
Ya, no choice. A promise is a promise. As parents, we try not to disappoint right? As far as can postpone, I postpone. But cannot postpone too long though. Heehee...Don't know if I'm setting too high an expectation here for the swiss roll kind. :p

Hi Wendy,
Thanks. Yes, I was aware that other flours can make mantou too. I was just giving excuses lah. Actually I found that all flours sold in our supermarket are bleached. :( That explains why they are so white. At least in Singapore market though.

Gina Choong said...
September 2, 2010 at 4:46 PM

Jane, wah..so good! 2 tone mantou is just one part coloured, the other part is plain. roll out a plain one, then on the other side of the table, roll the coloured one. Place the colour dough on the plain dough..roll up to seal. That's how I did the chocolate mantou..but must use Valrhona cocoa...really good!

Passionate About Baking said...
September 2, 2010 at 9:58 PM

Thanks for your instructions Gina. The dough is a bit moist when I rolled it. Does it mean I have to spread more HK flour in order not to let it stick to my worktop? Thanks.

Passionate About Baking said...
May 19, 2011 at 5:50 PM

Hi Fiona,
Ah, finally you beat me to trying out new recipes! Hahaha... It's not easy to make swiss roll mantou right? Look is not so important, taste is more when it comes to homemade stuff. Heehee..

Hi HHB,
Yes, when it's just freshly steamed, it was truly very nice. HHB, you're just too humble. You have baked all your boys' favourites that they will not request for anything else. I usually bake what I like, therefore, they have to request for food all the time! Hahaha...

Passionate About Baking said...
May 19, 2011 at 5:50 PM

Hi Jess and Reese,
Thanks! A bit of shape though. :p

Hi Grace,
I was pleasantly surprised by the sweetness and softness of this plain mantou too! I was glad my boy liked it too! Hey, you can try this recipe, it's very easy.

Anonymous said...
September 2, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Hi Gina,
Just want to thank you so much for sharing this awesome recipe. Been searching for a good mantou recipe and finally I found it. First time trying it and it turned out great. My girl love it so much. It is soft and fluffy even after it cool down. Thank you so much and its gonna be a keeper :)

Berry

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