Have you ever had hot pandesal with condensed milk for palaman? What about crackers drizzled with condensed milk? If you love this sweet and salty combination, you will also love mantou buns! This Chinese steamed bun, in its simplest form, is made with four simple ingredients: flour, yeast, water, and salt.
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Mantou buns are fist-sized plain buns that are often steamed until it becomes soft and slightly airy-not to be confused with bao, which have a savory or sweet filling inside. Another way mantou is served is to deep fry it until it achieves a golden-brown color.
You can enjoy steamed Mantou as is, but the deep-fried Mantou is usually served with condensed milk. Chinese restaurants often serve this steamed or deep fried, but in Singapore and Malaysia, the mantou buns are dipped in the sauce of chili crab dishes. Not bad for a delicious four-ingredient delicacy, right?