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Chinese Hot Dog Flower Buns

Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Resting Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 45 mins
Course: Baked Goods, Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Keyword: chinese bakery, Chinese hot dog flower buns, hot dogs flower
Servings: 8


  • 8 hot dogs
  • Chinese chives optional
  • sesame seeds


  • 3 tbsp water
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 2 tbsp bread flour


  • ½ cup milk
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp active dry yeast
  • 2 ½ cups bread flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tbsp butter melted

Simple Syrup Glaze

  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup water

Egg wash

  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 tbsp milk


Make the Tangzhong

  • Cook on medium until it becomes thick. Then set it aside until ready for use.

Making the Dough

  • Prepare the dough in a mixer: Mix yeast,lukewarm milk and sugar in a bowl; then let it sit for 5 minutes.
  • Add bread flour, salt, egg, and butter to the mixer. Mix and knead for about 1-2 minutes. Then add the tangzhong (from step 1) to the dough in the mixer. Knead for 5 minutes on low (speed 2).
  • Shape the flour into a ball and place it into a lightly greased bowl. Cover with a towel for 1 hour or until it doubles in size.*
  • Punch the dough and divide it into 8 equal parts. Shape each dough part into a rectangle shape 3”x 6”. Place 1 hot dog in the center of the dough. Fold the dough and closed the seam together. Roll it back and forth until the seam disappears.
  • Cut the hot dog dough into 6 equal pieces. Arrange the pieces into a flower. Place the flower on a parchment paper. Put 1 piece in the center and 5 pieces around the center as petals, space them out a little. Repeat with the other hot dogs. Cover the flower hot dogs with a kitchen towel.
  • Let them sit for another hour or until they double in size. *
  • Preheat the oven to 350° degrees.
  • Prepare the flower hot dogs for the oven:  Brush the egg wash over them. Then sprinklethe sesame seeds and chives on top.
  • Place flower hot dogs in the oven and cook for 20-25 minutes or until they are golden brown.
  • Pour the Simple Syrup Glaze over the fresh flower hot dogs when they are out of the oven.

Making the Simple Syrup Glaze

  • Cook sugar and water on the cook top on medium until it thickens.


*Tip: I put the dough next to my window so the sunlight form outside can help it rise.