Pork Buns (Niku Man)

7 pieces pork buns are on a plate

Pork buns often called Niku Man in Japanese is very popular snack food in Japan especially in winter season. You will see them in convenience stores such as seven eleven.

Making pork buns with regular bun-mix takes a while to cook, but that time is shortened with the use of pancake mix. You can really put anything into the buns, even leftovers, so once you get comfortable making the bun, you can make them quite easily.

7 pieces pork buns are on a plate

Pork Buns (Niku Man)

Juicy pork is in the very soft buns!
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: Chinese, Japanese
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 3 people
Calories: 891kcal


  • 200 g Pancake Mix
  • 70 ml Water
  • 5 g Olive Oil
  • 100 g Ground Pork
  • 80 g Onion
  • 15 g Miso
  • 15 g Sugar
  • 10 g Soy Sauce
  • 15 g Mirin Sweet Sake
  • Sesame Oil To taste
  • Potato Starch As needed


  • The onion should be finely minced.
  • In a bowl, add the pork, miso, mirin, soy sauce, sugar, and potato starch, and mix well.
  • Divide up the mixture into 6 even-sized balls.
  • In another bowl, lightly mix together the pancake mix and olive oil, then continue mixing while adding water little by little.
  • If the mixture sticks to your fingers, add potato starch until it no longer does.
  • Divide this mixture up into 6 even-sized balls as well, then begin wrapping the pork balls with the pancake mix.
  • Once all 6 pork buns are wrapped, place them on a cooking sheet, then into a steamer.
  • If you do not have a steamer, add water in a frying pan, place the buns on a heat-safe plate that fit in the frying pan, then cover.
  • The buns are finished once they are fluffy.


Calories: 891kcal | Carbohydrates: 91g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 214mg | Sodium: 2306mg | Potassium: 802mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 500IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 462mg | Iron: 4mg
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