How to make Nikuman from Card Captor Sakura |

Name: Nikuman

Inspired by: Card Captor Sakura

Secret Ingredient: Ginger and sesame oil

"Here, a nikuman." - Yukito

Chef's Note

Nikuman (肉まん) are sweet, steamed dumplings filled with seasoned pork and vegetables. They're quite delicious. Experimenting with flavors and fillings is encouraged!


Making Nikuman

You will need:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder (or 2 tsp instant yeast)
  • 3 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2/3 cup warm milk
  • 5 ounces ground pork
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 3 minced green onions
  • 3 minced shiitake mushrooms
  • 2 teaspoons minced ginger
  • 1 tablespoon sake
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil


  1. In a large bowl, combine warmed milk, baking powder (or yeast), and 3 tablespoons of the sugar.
  2. Gradually, add flour to the mixture. If too sticky, add more flour until workable.
  3. On a floured surface, knead the dough until smooth and elastic (about 15 minutes).
  4. Allow the dough to rest (about 30 minutes).
  5. While waiting, make filling by combining the remaining ingredients in a separate bowl, and mixing until sticky.
  6. Flatten a quarter-sized ball of dough using a rolling pin, fill with meat mixture, and pinch to close. Repeat with remaining dough and meat.
  7. Steam the buns (about 15 minutes), and serve hot.

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How to make Nikuman from Card Captor Sakura |