Black Mantou Cheese Burger
Mantou is a type of steamed bread becoming increasingly popular in the NZ foodie scene. Originally a Northern Chinese bread made from wheat flour, water and raising agent. It is soft, fluffy and usually white. Black beans are added to make it black.
In this recipe, a sizzled gourmet beef burger with burger sauce is layered in a black Mantou bun with melting cheese, crisp lettuce, onions and tangy pickles. And yes, it tastes as magical as it looks!
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 15 minutes Serves: 4
4 ready made Black Mantou Buns (we love United Food Co.)
4 angus beef burgers (we love Hellers)
Natural Avocado Cooking Oil (we love Olivado)
4 slices of Swiss cheese (we love Mainland )
1 cup shredded sweet petite cos lettuce(we love The Fresh Grower)
½ small red onion, sliced thinly
2 medium sized tomatoes, sliced
4 pickles, sliced
3 tbsp tomato sauce (we love Chantal Organics)
2 tbsp mayonnaise
White sesame seeds, toasted to garnish
We love serving this Asian inspired colourful burgers matched with aromatic and slightly tanny Ara Pinot Noir.
- In a non stick frypan or barbeque, cook the burgers with a drizzle of natural avocado oil – melt the cheese on top with a lid on for a couple of minutes.. Set aside and keep warm. (Tip – You may need to half and reshape the burgers and cheese to fit the mantou buns before cooking).
- Slice the black mantou buns in two and heat in microwave for 40 secs.
- Mix tomato sauce and mayonnaise in a small bowl.
- To build the burgers, first place the bottom piece of the mantou on a heatproof tray. Spread a good amount of tom/mayo sauce. Top with a burger, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles and more sauce. Put the other half of the bun on top to complete the burger. Sprinkle with white sesame seeds and serve immediately with a lovely glass of Ara Pinot Noir.