Steamed stuffed buns (包子 baozi /baoww-dzrr/) are a popular snack (see Chinese Snacks) throughout China, though more popular in the North, with many small shops specializing in just steamed buns in even the smaller Chinese cities and towns.
Steamed buns are made from wheat flour and leavening agents and have a spongy feel. They are steamed on large perforated trays of bamboo or steel, usually stacked over a large wok of boiling water so that the steam rises through the trays.
The basic steamed bun is called a mantou and can be white (wheat flour), brown (wholemeal flour) or yellow (corn flower). Steamed stuffed buns are called baozi, and come with a wide variety of fillings. They are bought to take away. A sample steamed bun menu is shown below.
|Steamed Twisted Roll||huājuǎn||Hwaa-jwen||花卷|
|Bread Stuffed with Lard and Sugar||shuǐjīng bāo||Shway-jing baoww||水晶包|
|Steamed Bun Suffed with Barbecued Roast Pork||chāshāo bāo||Chaa-shaoww baoww||叉烧包|
|Juicy Steamed Stuffed Bun||guàn tāng bāo||Gwann tung baoww||灌汤包|
|Steamed Sandwich||gē bāo||Ger baoww||割包|
|Go Believe Steamed Stuffed Bun||gǒubùlǐ bāozi||Goh-boo-lee baoww-dzrr||狗不理包子|
|Jiangsu Three-Dice Bun||Jiāngsū sān dīng bāo||Jyang-soo san ding baoww||江苏三丁包|
|Smashed Bean Bun||dòushā bāo||Doh-shaa baoww||豆沙包|
|Steamed Bun Stuffed with Garlic and Chives||jiǔcài bāo||Jyoh-tseye baoww||韭菜包|
|Steamed Bun Stuffed with Cabbage||báicài bāo||Beye-tseye baoww||白菜包|
|Steamed Creamy Custard Bun||nǎihuáng bāo||Neye-hwung baoww||奶黄包|