Steamed Rose Buns (蒸玫瑰花卷)

The Valentine’s Day is arriving again~

Personally I do not like this “valentine” festival, because these days it is pure commercial and served only for corporations’ marketing purposes. However I am not against celebrating love with your loved one. And it doesn’t mean you must spend lots of money in a fancy restaurants on specifically 14 Feb. Putting your heart and some creativity into your dish, your home could be a Michelin stared restaurant as well! OK, maybe “Michelin” is too exaggerating. BUT~~~ it puts a good competition to those highly priced restaurants!

For foodie lovers out there, today I am introducing a recipe that is perfect for the season of L.O.V.E. That is this steamed rose bun, a good combination of Chinese food and romantic vibe. More important it is super easy to make. The only technique you need to master is to leaven the dough!

That’s too handy, right?! So let’s start, shall we!

valentine's day steamed rose bun


  • Corn meal & All purpose flour (1:3)
  • Yeast
  • Water



Corn Meal Dough

  • Take the corn meal and all purpose flour in proportion of 1:1
  • Activate the yeast in warm water.
  • Add steaming hot water into the corn meal; while add the yeast water into the all purpose flour. Then mix both flour together into a dough for leavening. Detailed steps can find in previous recipe of Wowotou.

Wheat Flour Dough

  • Add the activated yeast into the rest all purpose flour.
  • Add in warm water little by little until it is enough to make a dough.

Rest both dough in a warm place for 1 – 1.5 hours for leavening.

valentine's day steamed rose bun


  1. Divide each big dough into small cubes. Roll each one into a flat-round shape paste using a rolling pin.
  2. Take two pieces of the cornmeal cube and one piece of wheat flour cube (or vice-versa) and lay them one overlapping the next (see picture shown below)
  3. Double up the overlapping paste, then roll over from one side all the way to the other to get a “flower bud”.
  4. Open up gently the petals on top to get a “blossom rose”.
  5. Rest the buns in the steamer for 15 minutes before putting to steam.
  6. After the water is boiled, steam for 10-15 minutes. Turn off the fire and leave for another 3-5 minutes before taking it off.

valentine's day steamed rose bun

Isn’t it much more romantic and lovely than spending huge amount of money for some average roses on 14 February? Stop wasting money and try to impress your valentine with creative events!

valentine's day steamed rose bun

Wish all lovers find their way to come together. And for people who are in love, everyday is Valentine’s Day!💘💘💘

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