Sunday, February 28, 2010

Nikuman! (Without the Niku!)

After I told my friend Edie about making these, she kindly reminded me that Niku means meat in Japanese. Since I made them without meat, I don't know what to call them. Steambuns? Doesn't sound as impressive as Nikuman.
I went crazy for the youtube cooking show 'Cooking With Dog' a couple of weeks ago, and vowed to myself to test out one of the recipes on the show.

I made the steambuns with a filling of green onion, tvp, shiitake mushrooms, and zucchini flavoured with hoisin sauce, soy and mirin. The results were delicious, but the recipe took the better part of a day! I had to proof the buns twice to get them to rise. I think they're not as beautiful as the ones on the internet video, but I might make these again someday...if I become a housewife and have endless hours to kill :)


ヘザー said...

Hi! I realize this is an older post, but I stumbled across it while looking for vegan nikuman recipes. :) I just wanted to let you know that while "nikuman" specifically refers to a meat-filled bun, you could call your vegetarian buns "manjuu," which simply means a steamed yeast bun with filling; the "man" in "nikuman" comes from the "man" in "manjuu." :D

Liz said...

Thank you for sharing! Manjuu sounds better than "Yasaiman" or "Veggieman" :D