Mongo Sesame Buns or red mung sesame buns are soft bread filled with sweet red bean paste, then topped with savory sesame seeds to finish. Great flavors combined in small pockets of bread!
Hi friends! Our recipe for today is but another proof of how there is just an endless list of things that you can fill bread with. Right? You can probably name some off the top of your head right now.
Cheese, fruit jam, hotdogs..just endless. Our bread today is filled with a sweet and earthy red mung bean paste.
Mongo (or monggo) as we call it are the red beans or red mung beans. One that is commonly used as an ingredient for desserts.
In this recipe, the beans are boiled until they are very soft, then processed and cooked again to form a thick, spreadable paste.
Mongo Sesame Buns
- Think of these as a close relative of the sweet sesame buns (Buchi) found in Chinese buffets. The only difference is that, well, these are made with bread dough.
- Buchis are made of a different kind of dough that I think is more complicated to make (for me at least). I know because I tried (and failed).
How to Make Mongo Sesame Buns?
In a bowl, add warm water. Sprinkle the yeast and a little bit of sugar. Let this stand for about 5 minutes, or until the mixture is foamy.
Add in the eggs, milk, sugar, softened butter and salt. Stir the mixture well.
Add 3 and 1/2 cups of the flour, one cup at a time, stirring well in between.
For the remaining flour, you will add only just enough of it until the dough gathers in the center of the bowl. You want a soft, shaggy mass but not dry. It is okay if there is leftover flour. You can use it later for kneading.
Turn the dough over onto a floured board. Knead the dough using your palms and the weight of your lower body, pushing it down and away from you. Fold the dough inwards then continue kneading. Fold, knead and repeat until the dough is smooth and elastic.
To help with the stickiness, dust your hands and your kneading surface with the remaining flour only as needed. New to kneading? Check out my How to Knead Bread Dough with Video Post.
Shape the dough into a ball and place it in a bowl. Cover it with a clean kitchen towel and let it rise at room temperature for 1 and 1/2 hours, or until doubled in size.
Deflate the risen dough. Divide it into 16 portions. Flatten a portion with your palms, then spoon about 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of the monggo filling in the center. Fold the dough around the filling to cover it, then shape the dough into a smooth ball.
Twist the ends together under the ball to seal. Repeat the process with the remaining dough portions and arrange them on a baking sheet that is lined with parchment paper. Cover the pan loosely with a kitchen towel and let them rise for about an hour.
Preheat oven to 350 F. Brush the buns with egg wash and then sprinkle sesame seeds generously on top. Bake the mongo buns at 350 F for 18-22 minutes, or until golden.
And as always enjoy every bite. Happy baking my friends. May these sweet buns be one of your joys today.
Other Delicious Bread Recipes You Can Try:
- Spanish Bread
- Dulce de Leche Buns
- Sweet Beehive Buns
- Braided Hotdog Buns
- Cheddar Cheese Buns
- Cheese Loaf Bread
- Pull-Apart Cinnamon Milk Bread