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Nikuman | The Japanese Kitchen

Nikuman, Japanese Steamed Pork Buns

Nikuman are steamed pork buns sold on streets of Japan during winter months. The white fluffy buns are made with flour dough and filled with savory pork and onions, steamed on bamboo steamer make them an ideal quick and easy snacks.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine asian, Japanese
Keyword steamed buns, pork, Japanese street food, snack, winter dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 buns
Calories 208kcal
Cost 8


  • bamboo steamer


For the dough

  • 2 cups all purpose white flour 200 grams
  • 1/2 tablespoon dry yeast
  • 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup warm water

For the filling

  • 1/3 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 medium yellow onions minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon corn starch


  • Gather ingredients.
    Ingredients for Japanese Nikuman
  • Mix all the dry ingredients for the dough in a standard mixing bowl. With the mixer running on medium speed add warm water and oil.  Mix for about 20 seconds until the dough is formed.  Take it out on a floured surface and knead into a ball.  Wrap in plastic and set it aside.  
  • Make the filling by mixing all the ingredients for the filling. Divide the filling into eight balls.  
    Filling for Japanese Nikuman
  • Find a skillet large enough to hold bamboo steamer on its top. Fill the skillet halfway with water and set it on a stovetop.  
  • Cut parchment paper into 1 ½ -inch squares. You will need 8. 
  • Divide the dough into eight balls. Working one at a time, roll the balls to 4-inch rounds.  Press around the rims to make it thin.  This helps not to have an excess dough on the top.  Wrap the filling by pulling edges together and pinch them at the top. Set it on a piece of parchment paper and place it in the bamboo steamer. Place four buns in each tray.  
    Making Buns for Nikuman
  • Turn the heat on the stove and bring the water to a boil. Set bamboo steamer on top, then turn the heat to medium-low. Steam the buns for 20 minutes.  
    Bamboo Steamer
  • Serve warm.


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Serving: 8g | Calories: 208kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 376mg | Potassium: 102mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 2mg