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Vegan Banh Bao – Steamed Dumplings filled with Mushrooms

Banh Bao

Welcome to the first recipe post in 2020!

I hope you had a nice beginning of this exciting year. These dumplings are called Banh Bao and I ate it for the first time on a Southeast Asia trip a few years ago. (Click here to read about this adventure!) I loved them! It was so cool that they were vegan. The non vegan version was mostly filled with pork but who wants to eat that? I prefer mushrooms!

Back in Germany the thought about these dumplings never left me. I knew one day I want to make them myself.

Banh Bao

The day came! A week ago I had the time and the motivation trying to cook them and they were bomb! Although I melted my plastic steaming thingy since the water was already gone, it was a lot of fun! So make sure there is always enough water in your pot!

Banh Bao

Vegan Banh Bao - Steamed Dumplings filled with Mushrooms

The easiest recipe for these delicious treats!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 56 mins
Course Savory
Cuisine Asian
Servings 12 Banh Bao


  • 1 tbsp yeast
  • 175 ml lukewarm water
  • 235 g spelled flour type 630
  • 110 g corn starch
  • 1.5 tbsp raw cane sugar
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1.5 tbsp baking powder
  • 60 g sunflower oil
  • 10 mushrooms
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 50 g celeriac
  • 1 leaf of white cabbage
  • 3 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 4 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika powder
  • 0.5 tsp pepper
  • 1 pinch of chilli flakes


  • Put yeast, sugar and water together in a bowl and stir the mixture briefly.
  • Two minutes later add all remaining ingredients of the dough. At a warm place let it rise for at least a hour.
  • Cut the onion, garlic, celeriac and white cabbage into small pieces while the dough is resting.
  • First fry the onion briefly with a few drops of oil. Then add the celeriac. After 1-2 minutes add the garlic and the cabbage.
  • Before it starts to scorch mix 3 tablespoons of water and 3 tablespoons of rice vinegar and remove the mixture. Close the pan with a lid and let it simmer for 4 minutes.
  • Prepare a mix of soy sauce, maple syrup, smoked paprika powder, and pepper in the meantime. As soon as it’s ready add it to the pan.
  • Then add the mushrooms with a pinch of salt and close the lid again. After another 2 minutes, the mushrooms should have lost some water. Then fry the mix again at a slightly higher level for 4 minutes and then set the pan aside to cool.
  • When the timer rings, roll out the dough into an elongated shape on a floured surface. It should become approx. 20 cm long. It should be easy doable with your hands. If the dough sticks, put some flour on your hand.
  • Cut the dough into about 12 equal pieces. Take one of the pieces with a floured hand and shape it into a ball. Then press the ball with your palm on the floured work surface to a disc. The disc should become thinner at the outside.
  • Now put a well-filled tablespoon full of the cooled mushroom mass on the disc.
  • Start to lift the dough upwards to enclose the dumpling. Simply twist the individual strands together at the top.
  • Place the dumplings on a suitable piece of parchment paper and steam them for 12 minutes in a pot with a steaming insert or a bamboo steamer. Make sure there is always enough water in the pot. However, the water should not touch the steam insert.
  • It is best to serve the dumplings fresh with a little soy, sweet and sour or peanut sauce to dip.

If you tried the recipe comment below how you liked it!

See you soon!



Recent Thoughts

When I was younger I loved to write. For years I wrote into my diaries, of which I have at least ten in a big box in the attic. I wrote a book full of short stories when I was around 15 years, songtexts and poems have always inspired me and my favourite tasks in school usually involved writing essays or interpretations. I’ve usually kept my writing to myself and to be honest, I haven’t written anything in years – until a few months ago.
I guess the only reason I started writing again was, because I also recently draw something again. Although I don’t like what I drew at all, I realised how much fun it is to have a creative outlet. So it’s just for fun and because I like having pictures or texts I wrote to look back to.
Maybe you enjoy reading my most recent short texts, let me know what you think 🙂
Also I’d be interested in what your creative outlets are & whether there are any writers out there? What do you usually write and why?
Have a great day everybody!


Running Thoughts

Thoughts running like horses through a city of skyscrapers.

Slowly finding their way to a jungle of lived and living memories.

Heated conversations inside oneself, reeking of ambition, filled with cracks like broken glass. Life learning that happens mostly inside.

Think those thoughts.

Don’t let fear stop you in finding what you love and wish for the most.

There’s no finish line for getting to know oneself, we’re all sparkling spots in a process bigger than the concepts of time and space.

What we’re yearning for snuggles inside of us, wrapped in silver lined wrapping paper and covered with dust of the years we have lived on this planet.

We just have to dig and let it be free.

Let us be free.

Ups and Downs

Ups and downs.

Rapid downfalls, steady climbs up high, small bursts in joyful moments, laughter without any resistance.

Pen and paper, notes over notes on smartphone apps, colours on the wrong paper, nights alone between pillows and with only the warmth of oneself.

Sun rays caught on purpose, media that shows a way further, long train rides of which the views stay present, homecooked meals enjoyed with friends.

Ups and downs.

Learning doesn’t happen according to plans.

It comes in waves.

Getting to know all the emotions, perceptions of the self, relations to others and nature.

Ups and downs.

Music. Dreams and hopes. Stars in a wasteland of a galaxy.


Distant voices discussing something over the chirping of birds flying above the streets, welcoming the sun and her light for the day.

Mild colours through sleepy and hazy eyes.

Closing again.

Rolling through dreams and sweat from the night,

kicking blankets away.

The sense of early but strong rays of sunshine

which tickle my face

as I begin to see again.

A new day is here.

We are here.

The awakening of all the muscles and the body’s senses – stretches in bed.

Thoughts of dreams,

Seemingly distant, as from a whole other world.

The frenetic search for the story, the world I left behind.

The realisation: it is gone.

I am here now.

I am.

In this big world.

Planet earth.

The wooden floorboard aching under years and years

Of different people walking.

Living for their dreams, in this tiny room.

Two steps to the window, wrapped in a white bedcover.

These first moments of seeking an impression of the outside world.

People talking, sipping on their first coffee,

A small street full of human entities, wearing their favourite colours.

I am them.

I am here.

Uncontrollable smiles as I realise

This is a gift

This day

Full of sun, chances, meaningful moments

And the freedom to live it

The way I want.

The way I am.

I am me.

I am myself.

I am them.

I am you.

We are human.

We are all connected.

Spring’s here.

I play some calm morning music, as I light some incense.

I fold the covers and stretch

Until I put on some fabric covers over my body

and long for a cup of tea on the balcony.

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Hej there!

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As you might know already, our third and last stop in Southeast Asia was the wonderful country VIETNAM!

(With our rented scooter in front of “The Fish”)

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