This beautiful and nutritious chocolate spiral mantou is made with milk. This soft mantou has a mildly sweet and chocolate flavor, it tastes good even on its own and kids love it so much. For more flavors, you can serve with some chocolate dip as a side. Check out our homemade Nutella recipe.

The bun has a spiral shape that looks like a snail shell. The spiral shape of this dough makes the surface smooth and flat, which allows it to expand during steaming and become fluffy.

Mantou

Mantou is a type of steamed bun commonly found in Chinese cuisine. It is soft and chewy, with a slightly sweet taste Mantou is one of the most common types of Chinese food eaten for breakfast and lunch, and sometimes supper. For this chocolate spiral mantou, you can eat it for breakfast or as dessert.

Mantou is steamed buns that can be enjoyed hot or cold with different types of fillings. You can eat them plain or add some toppings like butter, peanut butter, or jam. Check out our variety of plain mantou recipes.

The spiral shape of this chocolate spiral mantou is made by dividing the dough into 2 portions and rolling them up. The result is an aesthetically pleasing bun suitable for kids and adults alike.

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Yields: 8 mantous

Ingredients:

  • 235 g (1 ¾ cup + 2 tbsps) plain flour
  • 15 g (1  ⅔ tbsp) cornstarch
  • ¾ tsp instant yeast
  • 55 g (¼ cup + 1 tsp) fine sugar
  • 170 ml (2/3 cup + 1 tbsp) milk (room temperature)
  • 1 ½ tbsps vegetable oil
  • 8 g (3 ¼ tsp) cocoa powder

Instructions:

1 Mix together plain flour, cornstarch, instant yeast, and fine sugar, add in milk gradually and mix into a dough.

2 Add in vegetable oil, mix until well blended.

3 Divide dough into 2 equal portions, and cover 1 portion (for chocolate dough) to prevent it from drying out.

 

4 Knead the 1st portion (milk dough) for 6-7 minutes until the outer is smooth (lightly coat hand with flour if it is sticky), then cover and set aside to rest for 6-7 minutes.

5 Add cocoa powder to 2nd portion gradually, knead for 6-7 minutes until the outer is smooth, then cover and set aside to rest for 6-7 minutes.

6 Put the rested milk dough on parchment paper, roll out into thin flat dough (cover the rolled dough to prevent it from drying).

7 Put the rested chocolate dough on parchment paper, roll out into thin flat dough.

 

8 Put chocolate dough on top of milk dough, roll out again to left and right into thinner dough.

9 Remove the parchment papers, put the thin dough on floured working table, flatten the dough at the end where rolling starts, then roll up the thin dough into a rod shape.

10 Cut into 8 portions using serrated knife (for a nicer cut), put each on a piece of paper.

11 Bring 500 ml of water to the boil in a steamer, off the heat, then add in 1 Litre of plain water.

12 Arrange mantou dough in steamer racks (leave some space between each), then put the racks over the warm water, cover and proof for 25 minutes. (Reminder: Using a bamboo steamer to steam will prevent condensation water from dripping onto mantou, thus yield a prettier bun.)

13 After proofing for 25 minutes, turn to high heat until water is boiling (about 3 minutes), then reduce to medium heat and steam for 15 minutes.

13 Chocolate spiral mantou is done eat fresh or store in the refrigerator.


Chocolate Spiral Mantou (Steamed Oriental/Chinese Bun)

This chocolate spiral mantou is made with milk, this soft mantou has a mildly sweet and chocolate flavor, it tastes good even on its own and kids love it so much.
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Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Proofing 25 mins
Total Time 1 hr 25 mins
Course Breakfast, Side Dish
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 8 pieces
Calories 182 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 235 g plain flour 1 ¾ cup + 2 tbsps
  • 15 g cornstarch 1 ⅔ tbsp
  • ¾ tsp instant yeast
  • 55 g fine sugar ¼ cup + 1 tsp
  • 170 ml milk (room temperature) ⅔ cup + 1 tbsp
  • 1 ½ tbsps vegetable oil
  • 8 g cocoa powder 3 ¼ tsp

Instructions
 

  • Mix together plain flour, cornstarch, instant yeast, and fine sugar, add in milk gradually and mix into a dough.
  • Add in vegetable oil, mix until well blended.
  • Divide dough into 2 equal portions, and cover 1 portion (for chocolate dough) to prevent it from drying out.
  • Knead the 1st portion (milk dough) for 6-7 minutes until the outer is smooth (lightly coat hand with flour if it is sticky), then cover and set aside to rest for 6-7 minutes.
  • Add cocoa powder to 2nd portion gradually, knead for 6-7 minutes until the outer is smooth, then cover and set aside to rest for 6-7 minutes.
  • Put the rested milk dough on parchment paper, roll out into thin flat dough (cover the rolled dough to prevent it from drying).
  • Put the rested chocolate dough on parchment paper, roll out into thin flat dough.
  • Put chocolate dough on top of milk dough, roll out again to left and right into thinner dough.
  • Remove the parchment papers, put the thin dough on floured working table, flatten the dough at the end where rolling starts, then roll up the thin dough into a rod shape.
  • Cut into 8 portions using serrated knife (for a nicer cut), put each on a piece of paper.
  • Bring 500 ml of water to the boil in a steamer, off the heat, then add in 1 Litre of plain water.
  • Arrange mantou dough in steamer racks (leave some space between each), then put the racks over the warm water, cover and proof for 25 minutes. (Reminder: Using a bamboo steamer to steam will prevent condensation water from dripping onto mantou, thus yield a prettier bun.)
  • After proofing for 25 minutes, turn to high heat until water is boiling (about 3 minutes), then reduce to medium heat and steam for 15 minutes.
  • Chocolate spiral mantou is done eat fresh or store in the refrigerator.

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Notes

This recipe yields 8 buns.
The nutritional value for reference is for 1 bun. 

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 182kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 4gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 10mgPotassium: 90mgFiber: 1gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 36IUVitamin C: 0.004mgCalcium: 33mgIron: 2mg
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