Our Famous Crispy Chicken Bao Bun Recipe!

Our Crispy Chicken Bao Buns are without a doubt our most popular dish! They’ve been a staple on our menu for years now and they’re not going anywhere anytime soon! We always get asked how we make them so tasty, and so today we’re sharing with you our best kept secret… Our famous Crispy Chicken Bao Bun recipe!

Get ready to recreate your fave Wahs dish at home! Follow this step by step recipe, and you’ll be eating your fave bao buns in no time!

Part 1 – Bao Bun Bread

What you’ll need:

  • 525 grams plain flour
  • 4 teaspoons caster sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons fast-action dried yeast
  • 50 ml milk
  • 15 ml sunflower oil
  • 15 ml rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder


  1. Combine flour, caster sugar and salt in a large bowl
  2. In a separate bowl, dissolve the fast-action dried yeast and a pinch of caster sugar in 1 tablespoon of warm water. Add it to the flour along with the milk, sunflower oil, rice vinegar and 200ml water. Mix into a dough, adding a little extra water if needed
  3. Tip the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and knead for 10-15 mins, or until smooth. Place in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a damp cloth and leave to rise for 2 hrs, or until doubled in size
  4. Tip the dough out onto a clean work surface and flatten the dough with your hands, then sprinkle the baking powder over the top and knead for 5 mins
  5. Roll out the dough into a long sausage shape, about 3cm thick and cut into pieces that are about 3cm wide – you should have 18 pieces
  6. In the palm of your hand, roll each piece of dough into a ball and leave to rest for 2-3 mins
  7. Use a rolling pin to roll out each ball, one by one, into an oval shape about 3-4mm thick. Rub the surface of the dough ovals with oil and brush a little oil over a chopstick (or a skewer if you don’t have a chopstick). Place the oiled chopstick in the centre of each oval. Fold the dough over the chopstick, then slowly pull out the chopstick
  8. Cut 18 squares of baking parchment and put a bun on each. Transfer to a baking tray, cover with a clean tea towel or lightly oiled cling film and leave to prove in a warm place for 1 hr 30 mins, or until doubled in size
  9. Heat a large steamer over a medium-high heat. Steam the buns for 8 mins until puffed up (you’ll need to do this in batches)

Part 2 – Crispy Chicken

What you’ll need:

  • 2 eggs
  • 100ml milk
  • 3/4 cup self raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper
  • 6-7 pieces of chicken tenders


  1. Season the flour in a bowl with salt and Cayenne pepper
  2. Dust the chicken tenders in the seasoned flour
  3. Whisk eggs and milk together in a bowl
  4. Drop the chicken tenders in the egg wash, making sure they’re coated well
  5. Move the chicken from egg wash back into the seasoned flour, dusting off the excess flour
  6. Fry the chicken tenders in hot oil (180 degrees Celsius) until cooked

Part 3 – Sriracha Vegenaise

What you’ll need:

  • 50ml soya milk
  • 2 teaspoons Sriracha sauce
  • 100ml canola oil
  • pinch of salt
  • water as needed


  1. Place soya milk and sriracha sauce in a mixing bowl and blitz with a stick blender until completely incorporate
  2. When it starts to thicken, slowly add in the oil
  3. Check for consistency and add in water as required
  4. Store in the refrigerator and use within 4 days

Part 4 – Candied Chilli

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup sliced red chillies
  • 1/4 cup palm sugar
  • 50ml water


  1. Dissolve sugar over heat in the water in a small pot
  2. Add chillies and cook, stirring occasionally, until the chillies become a sticky consistency

Assembling your Bao Buns!

  1. Spread a spoonful of Sriracha vegenaise on one side of a steamed bao bun
  2. Add some shredded cos lettuce on the other side of the bao bun
  3. Place the hot crispy chicken on top of the lettuce and fold the sides of the bao together, so that the chicken stays in the centre
  4. Garnish with a teaspoon of candied chilli and enjoy your fresh, homemade Crispy Chicken Bao bun!


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