Steamed Turtle Bun @ 'Mee Koo'

This kind of steamed bun is called 'Mee Koo' in Hokkien, meaning of Red Turtle Bun. The Chinese are usually used them in offering the god during prayers, which symbolized longevity and prosperity. Click here, for more interesting traditional way of making the buns. Usually, they'll make a turtle shape out of the dough with head, tail & legs but I just keep it simple.

The following recipe is adapted from Aunty Yochana.

Ingredients for Starter Dough :

125gm all purpose flour

1 tspn baking powder

2 tbsp sugar

1/2 tbsp yeast

150ml water

1 tspn vinegar

Combine water, sugar, yeast and vinegar together and mix well. Then stir in flour and baking powder and mix to combine. Keep the mixture cover. Leave to rest for overnight or at least 8 hours.

Ingredients for Main Dough :

500gm Bao flour

1/2 tspn salt

5 tbsp sugar

1 tspn baking powder (I omit this)

200ml water, add gradually, stop if it is too wet

1/2 tspn alkaline water

Method :

(1) combine starter dough and main dough ingredients together to form a soft dough.

(2) withdraw 250gm dough and mix with a few drops of red colouring.

(3) leave doughs aside to rest for an hour or untill double in size.

(4) then divide both doughs into 8 portion.

(5) slightly flatten the red dough and stick it to the plain dough.

(6) Then slowly wrap the plain dough into the red dough. But leave the bottom uncovered by red dough.
(7) place dough onto a piece of greaseproof paper and leave to rise for 15-30 mins.

(8) steam for 15 mins over medium heat.

These kind of buns are more or like French sourdough bread but is much softer and fragrant due to the sweetness in it. After prayers, we can have them steam and eat with jam or coconut egg custard. But I prefer to have them in French toast.


  1. I love the french toast version! with some kaya :)

  2. Kristy u have ur own quality time to prepare good food! Keep up the good work k? BTW, I like the french toast mee koo very much!

  3. Lovely mee koo.I like the french toast too.Great for breakfast.

  4. if celup kari chicken aloso sedap...

  5. Long time never eat this. Please pass me some :)

  6. Steamed buns that taste like french sour dough! I learn something new from you again kristy :) The french toast version looks amazing. yum!

  7. I have never tried steamed buns, it sounds interesting and a recipe I must try. Diane

  8. my mom also make this for praying too, but i learnt the new way of french toast version, must try if my mom make this again.

  9. looks amazing,kristy,i want to try your buns,but explain me,please,what is "bao flour",dictionary not help me...
    thanks and have a great day!

  10. Kirsty I have just checked through my 'legal' followers and you do not appear to be there, perhaps you could just check? Diane

  11. thanks ,kristy,i will look for a chinese store,i know one here,or i will substitute bao flour !thanks again,you are a "little tresure" for "my little space"!:))

  12. You are phenomenal!!!
    how wonderful, I know so much that you will copy these too!

  13. They are so cute! I can imagine with egg custard...oh...nice.

  14. 3HTummies : With the addition of kaya! I think I can finish all of them. hehe...

    Angeline : Thank you! But I hated washing. ha!

    WaiKitt : I don't remember have I ever had the fresh one before. Normally, we only have mee koo a day after the prayer. And we have to cook or steam them a day after.

    smallkucing : Ya, you're right!

    Ann : Me too!

    Tana : Besides of french toast, I love having it with curry too!

    Diane : Hope you'll love it!

    Sonia : I'm sure you going to love it.

    Alison : Just sent over the message! Wish you luck!

    Diane : Thanks for keeping me informed!

    Betty : That's very sweet of you! Thank you very much for your nice comment.

    Ann : I've started having it in french toast ever since I was a kid!

    Belinda : You mean.. kaya jam, right!

    Thank you everyone for visiting. It's a great pleasure for having you here today. Hope you're all having a wonderful time.

    Cheers, Kristy

  15. i just fall in love with all the 'pau' that you r making!

  16. Beautifully done, and I love the idea to make french toast out of them, very cool :D
    *kisses* HH

  17. Making it into french toast is a g reat idea. Looks really yummy!

  18. French toast...plain...whichever way you choose and it still looks so lovely! You are so talented.

  19. I'm sad to admit that I've never eaten a steamed bun. They are really lovely.

  20. I can't remember seeing them. Or is it I have not been observant. I love the last picture....delicious! I'm sure they are great toasted and spread with butter and kaya...yum. Hope you have a lovely day. It's school holiday already, right? Guess you must be busy with your kids around. Have fun!

  21. Your buns always amaze me. And I love these in particular because they are pink! :-) Also I love that you made French toast with them!

  22. You make the pretties food Kristy! And some of the best baked goods! I bet that french toast is dreamy.

  23. Hey! My dad's Hokkien and I've never heard of 'Mee Koo' oopsss... I fail! These look so pretty and yummy!

    And in response to your comment, YES totally weird to celebrate Christmas in summer and at the beach, etc.. especially since all the Christmas movies have wonderful snow and fireplaces and everything.. but oh well!! At least it's warm, haha.

  24. Delicious! These beautiful pink steamed buns would be perfect for Easter too. Nice. Served up with jam or coconut custard sounds fabulous.

  25. Kristy...why your turtle got no eyes one :p hahaha just kidding ! I am not good at making these buns . Must learn from you the way , today is Claire's Birthday and I baked a chocolate banana cake for her :))

  26. Kristy, I never had this kind of cute and toasting it sounds really good :-)

  27. Hey,

    That looks awesome...Love it...Very innovative...:0


  28. SO pretty a color and delicious!
    I love all ur pretty and delcious innnovations!

  29. SO pretty a color and delicious!
    I love all ur pretty and delcious innnovations!

  30. Lena : I'm glad you like them! Hope you enjoy the making too.

    HH : It's really yummy.

    Indianspicemagic : Welcome to my humble little space and hope to hear from you more often.

    Biren : Can you get these kind of buns at Chinatown?

    Matika : Hi there, welcome to my humble little space. Hope you will enjoy the food here. he!

    Bridgett : That's so sweet of you. I wish I could share some of this with you.

    Sam : Hopefully, you'll get to try this some day.

    Mary : Me too! I love the french toast look. Very tempting! Yeap, I've to send my girl to work every Mon-Friday. She's working part-time at the tuition centre here.

    Andrea : I prefer them in deep red!

    Kim : Then you must try this on your next trip back! Ok, No snowman then sandman will do too! haha....

    Velva : Ooo... you like coconut custard jam too!

    Elin : I thought you said it's on the 20th!!!!

    Juliana : Thanks alot!

    Dr : Thank you very much!

    Mia : ((hugs)) thanks alot!

    Thanks guys for stopping by and also for all your sweet comments. I am really appreciate it. Hope you're all having a wonderful day.
    Cheers, Kristy

  31.'s with Foodies like you that we end up pushing our own imaginations in the kitchen.
    I love the surprising contrast...especially with french toast!!!

    Flavourful wishes,

  32. I never seen one like this, but I must tell you I love steamed buns, Kristie. This looks delicious and I'd like to give it a try when things calm down around here. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  33. I like to sandwich a meat patty, cheese, egg and green coral in between the mee koo - that is my burger. :)

  34. the french toast version of the buns looks awesome! i bet it was absolutely delicious!

  35. These are lovely, me too, would prefer it to be toasted!^-^

    Have a nice day Kristy!

  36. I have tried to make this once without much success:P Maybe I'll give it another try for the CNY. Your french toast version looks delicious!

  37. Claudia : Thanks a lot! So sweet of you to make such a comment.

    Emily : Thank you!

    Mary : You too. And glad you like this steamed bun too.

    Little Inbox : Making burger out of mee koo! Sounds terrific. Well, I love it in any way. ha...

    Peggy : Thank you!

    Alice : You think Juan Juan can make this or not? ha... Then her little brother can also play around with the dough! ^_^

    Jeannie : We don't get the chance to eat the fresh ones in older days! Normally, after the prayers the buns already 2-3 days old. And it's dense or rather hard. So, I used to french toast them. Hey, wish you luck!

    Thanks everyone for spending your times here with me. Hope you're all having a wonderful day.

    Cheers, Kristy

  38. I like the french toast version. Any to spare??

  39. Hello dear! These are beautiful! I love the tradition in them....very sweet! I adore traditions, they keep bringing me back to my center, reminding me of the love we have in all of us! Thanks Kristy! -

  40. I really love your pinky bun and the French toast version is more tempting!

  41. Thanks for sharing another Chinese tradition with us. Always so interesting, and I am always so impressed with your steamed buns. I absolutely love the French toast out of it! It looks so yummy!

  42. I have seen this, never eaten it, but I like the idea of turning it into French toast :) Very imaginative!!

  43. Kristy u have ur own quality time to prepare good food! Keep up the good work k? BTW, I like the french toast mee koo very much!


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