Vegetarian Steamed Buns with Hoison Glazed Mushrooms

Hoison Glazed Mushroom Vegetarian Steamed Bun
Hoison Mushroom Vegetarian Steamed Bun. Grilled Cheese Social
  • 35 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 3 steamed buns (3 servings)

Sweet and savory hoison glazed mushrooms, creamy kewpie mayo, nutty toasted sesame seeds, and bright cilantro come together between two pillowy steamed buns. Traditionall made with pork belly, this version of bao is not only vegetarian friendly but even meat lovers will dig it's umami richness. 

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What You'll Need

  • 3 steamed buns
  • 1 tbsp. pickled red onion
  • 1 tbsp. cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp. kewpie mayo
  • For the Mushrooms:
  • 1 cup shiitake mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup enokitake mushrooms
  • 1 tbsp. canola oil
  • 2 tbsp. hoison sauce
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. honey

How to Make It

  1.  Begin by preparing the mushrooms. In a large frying pan, heat up the oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Meanwhile, clean and then slice the shiitakes into thin strips and chop the bottom root off the enokitake mushrooms. Once the oil is hot, add the shiitakes and enokitakes - making sure not to crowd them.
  3. Allow them to brown on both sides for a few minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, whisk together the hoison sauce, the soy sauce, the sesame oil and honey.
  1. Turn the heat a little higher and add the hoison marinade. Once the sauce reduces and thickens, remove from the heat and set aside.
  2. Prepare the steamed buns according to the directions and set aside. Evenly distribute the kewpie mayo, glazed mushrooms, pickled red onion, cilantro, and sesame seeds among the three buns. Serve immediately.