After much trial and error, this recipe seems to produce a product that is the closest to the soft, moist, and chewy texture of the buns sold at Chinese bakeries. It uses a water roux to achieve the desired texture.
Total time from start to finished product will be approximately 3.5 hours. This recipe will yield about 15 dinner roll-sized buns.
Step 1: Gather Tools
Large mixing bowl
Proofing container (mixing bowl or other large container)
Bowl scraper (stiff spatula works too)
Dough cutter (upside down scraper or large non-serrated knife)
Baking tray/bread pan
Tea towel or plastic wrap
Dough kneader (bread machine, stand mixer, cheap labour…)