Anman - Steamed Buns With Azuki (Sweet Red Bean) Paste Recipe - (2024)


Submitted by JTL9000

"This is a popular snack in China and Japan. The buns are great right out of the steamer and can also be saved in the fridge for several days and reheated or eaten cool. Extra azuki paste can refrigerated for about a week, frozen, or used as a spread.I got the recipe for the buns themselves from a RecipeZaar recipe by Ms. See. The azuki paste is a modified version of a recipe I found on About.comPrep & Cooking time do not include the time taken to make the azuki paste."


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Ready In:
1hr 30mins


10 buns




  • Azuki (Red Bean) Paste

  • 1 13 cups azuki beans
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar (do no substitute)
  • 12 teaspoon salt
  • Buns

  • 1 13 cups flour (all white or half white half whole wheat)
  • 3 12 tablespoons sugar (or other sweetener)
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 34 teaspoon instant yeast
  • 34 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 13 fluid ounces milk
  • 3 13 fluid ounces water
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable shortening


  • Making the Azuki Paste.
  • Put the azuki beans in a large pot and fill with water. Let them soak overnight.
  • Bring the beans to a boil.
  • Turn down the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Remove the beans from the pot and drain them.
  • Put the beans back in the pot and add 4 cups of water.
  • Brings the beans to a boil.
  • Turn down the heat and simmer the beans for around an hour, until they're soft.
  • Drain the beans again.
  • Put the beans back in the pot and add the sugar and salt.
  • Simmer and stir the beans until they're thickened.
  • Remove from heat and cool.
  • Making the Buns.
  • Combine the flour, suar, salt, yeast, and baking powder and mix well.
  • Add the milk and water and mix well.
  • Add the shortening and knead the dough until it's smooth (add a little extra flout if it gets too sticky).
  • Let the dough rest for around 30 minutes, it will rise slightly.
  • Divide the dough into 10 balls and flatten them.
  • Take 1-2 spoonfulls of azuki paste, roll into a ball, and place in the center of one of the flattened dough balls.
  • Wrap the dough around the azuki and pinch it closed on top (twist if needed).
  • Repeat for the remaining dough balls.
  • Let the anman sit for 15 minutes.
  • Steam the anman for 15-20 minutes (a bamboo steamer works best). Add a little bit of white vinegar to the water to prevent discoloration.

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  1. I really like this recipe. It has been ages since I last had dim sum and was my first try making steamed buns. The taste of the buns and the sweet bean paste was just like this Dim Sum restaurant near where I used to live. The dough was a bit hard to handle but with enough flour on the board and my hands it became manageable. It was quite a bit of work, but it was really worth it for the end result. Made for Spring '09 PAC.

    Tea Girl

  2. I'm rating this based on the taste of the azuki paste, which is spot on. The "buns" didn't work for me, so I ended up using my recipe #338446. And baking them as that is the way I grew up eating this sweet Japanese treat. Thank you for posting, I will use the azuki paste recipe again. Made for 2009 Spring PAC


  3. Thank you so much for this recipe. I've never had dim sum and hubby loves it so when I found this recipe I just had to try it. I made several from the bean paste but some with BBQ pork inside. Delicious. I didn't have a steamer so I used a small pizza screen with some parchment paper in my wok. Worked like a charm. I liked the bean filled ones so much I ended up going back several times and even had a couple the next day for breakfast. Definitely will be making this recipe again.





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Are red bean buns good for you? ›

How healthy is a red bean bun (Adzuki bean baked in white bread)? Healthy enough. It is just red beans cooked until they can be mashed with sugar (sweet red bean paste) and bread. Usually the bun (bread dough) is folded around the red bean paste and after rising it is steamed, but baking it in an oven is ok too.

What is a bean paste bun called? ›

Anpan (あんパン, 餡 あん パン) is a Japanese sweet roll most commonly filled with red bean paste.

What is red bean bao made of? ›

Steamed red bean buns or dòushā bāo (豆沙包) are a classic Chinese treat typically eaten for breakfast or a snack, and one of the most popular steamed buns. It is essentially made up of a sweetened adzuki bean filling and soft leavened dough.

Do you heat up red bean bun? ›

They're very economical and reheat quickly, even faster than instant noodles! Before school, I'd steam a few red bean buns straight from the freezer for a quick breakfast before school.

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