Tang Zhong Bread Recipe

How do you elevate your bread or bun to new levels of pillow-y softness? The answer: Tanzhong Bun — the quick and easy recipe to softer, more tender buns. You’d end up ditching your average buns for this Asian bun.

Tanzhong Buns are so squishy someone could mistake them as a squishy toy (though, we only recommend them for eating hehe) Enjoy!

Tanzhong Bun

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins


Tanzhong Starter

  • 43 g Water
  • 43 g Milk
  • 14 g Flour


  • 298 g Flour
  • 14 g Milk Powder
  • 50 g Sugar
  • 2 g Salt
  • 1 tbsp Yeast
  • 113 g Milk
  • 1 nos Egg
  • 57 g Butter melted


  • Combine all of the ingredients and whisk it on a small heat until thickens and turn off the heat.
    Tang Zhong Bread 1
  • In a bowl, add flour, Yeast sugar, salt, melted butter, egg, milk powder and give it a couple of mixing.
    Tang Zhong Bread 2
  • Add the first mixture.
    Tang Zhong Bread 3
  • Knead for 15 minutes by hand or 8 minutes by stand mixer with hook attachment on.
    Tang Zhong Bread 4
  • Let it rise for about an hour
    Tang Zhong Bread 5
  • Once it risen, divide it into 6 equal pieces.
    Tang Zhong Bread 6
  • Roll the piece into a rectangle and gently roll it into a ball.
    Tang Zhong Bread 10
  • Do the same for the remaining pieces and put it into baking pan
    Tang Zhong Bread 7
  • Let it rest for 45 minutes and egg wash it.
    Tang Zhong Bread 8
  • Bake in the oven in 180°c oven for 30 minutes or golden brown
    Tang Zhong Bread 9

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