During Chinese New Year it seems only right to pay homage to the bao. These steamed buns originated in China, perhaps as early as the third century. Char siu bao – steamed buns stuffed with dark, sweet roast pork – are ubiquitious in China but bao can be found all over Asia. In Japan, bao known as nikuman are the equivalent of the country’s late-night kebab and you can find bao all over Asia from Tokyo to Taipei.
Click on over to The Guardian to read the rest of my homage to the bao.