Hoisin Glazed Mushroom Vegetarian Steamed Bun Recipe

Hoisin glazed mushroom vegetarian steamed buns

Grilled Cheese Social

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 35 mins
Servings: 3 servings
Yield: 3 buns
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
355 Calories
16g Fat
43g Carbs
9g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 3
Amount per serving
Calories 355
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Sodium 891mg 39%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 16%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 105mg 8%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 236mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

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

Oh, and FYI, this recipe is written as if you've got frozen steamed buns on hand—however, you can also make them yourself.


For the Hoisin Glazed Mushrooms:

  • 1 cup shiitake mushrooms

  • 1/4 cup enokitake mushrooms

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil

  • 1 teaspoon honey

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Begin by preparing the mushrooms. In a large frying pan, heat up the oil over medium-high heat.

  3. 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.

  4. Allow them to brown on both sides for a few minutes.

  5. Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, whisk together the hoisin sauce, the soy sauce, the sesame oil, and honey.

  6. Turn the heat a little higher and add the hoisin marinade. Once the sauce reduces and thickens, remove from the heat and set aside.

  7. 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. 

  8. Enjoy!