Sweet Red Bean Bao Filling


Sweet Red Bean Bao Filling

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Also known as "Anko," sweet red bean paste originates from Asia and has been enjoyed for centuries. Learn how to make it for the perfect addition to soft, homemade steamed bao buns.

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Servings and Ingredients

Serves 7
1 (15-oz.) can Hy-Vee red beans, drained and rinsed
1 c. Hy-Vee granulated sugar
1 recipe Steamed Bao Buns

Things To Grab

  • Small saucepan
  • Potato masher or fork
  • Rolling pin
  • Biscuit cutter
  • Muffin cup paper liners
  • Baking sheet or tray
  • Large saucepan
  • Steamer basket or wire rack


  1. Combine red beans and sugar in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat 10 to 12 minutes or until sugar dissolves and mixture is glossy. remove from heat; mash with potato masher or fork, leaving some pieces whole. Cover and chill 4 hours or until mixture has thickened.

  2. Flatten 14 (2-1/2-inch) muffin cup paper liners on baking sheets or trays; set aside. Prepare Steamed Bao Buns according to recipe directions. 

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  3. Gently roll each dough round to a larger 4-inch round. Spoon 1-1/2 tablespoons bean mixture into center of each round. Fold and pleat dough around the filling; leaving center open. Place buns on flattened paper liners with pleated sides up. Let rest in a warm place 30 minutes or until dough is slightly puffy.

  4. Fill a large saucepan with 1 to 2 inches water. Place steamer basket of same diameter on top of saucepan, making sure water does not touch basket. Bring water to boil over medium heat. Working in batches, transfer buns from paper liners to bottom of the steamer basket, placing 1 to 2 inches apart. Cover; steam 10 to 12 minutes or until buns are light and airy. Add additional water to the saucepan as needed. 

    Hyvee Culinary Expert Tip
    No steam basket? No problem! Place a wire rack on top of a saucepan to use in place of a steam basket.
    Hy-Vee Seasons Magazine

Nutrition facts


500 Calories per serving
2 bao buns

Amounts Per Serving

  • Total Fat: 9g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 180mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 97g
  • Protein: 9g

Daily Values

Iron 30%
Calcium 8%
Vitamin D 0%
Potassium 2%