Foodie Flashcards: Steamed Buns

Hungry to improve your Chinese vocabulary, but don’t know where to dig in? Welcome to our weekly Foodie Flashcard series. Follow along, study these morsels of knowledge, then dig in at your local restaurant to fully digest the information.

How to say ‘steamed buns’ in Mandarin

steamed buns, baozi, shanghai, china, beijing

What is it?

Steamed buns the size of a fist, baozi are one of the cheapest and most efficient on-the-go breakfasts in the city. Stores usually sell a variety of fillings, from original pork flavor to vegetarian options with a combination of mushrooms, bok choy and tofu (菜包 cài bāo) usually denoted by the green fleck in the seam on top). Black sesame (芝麻 zhīma) paste is a sweet option popular with locals.

Where To Find Steamed Buns In Shanghai:

小小福 Xiao Xiao Fu

Soft-as-a-cloud buns with both classic and less traditional fillings are the main draw here. You want juicy pork? They’ve got that. Prefer beef? No problem. Maybe you’re looking for something more spiced? How about black pepper beef or Sichuan 香辣 beef? Want a bit of crunch? The pork and diced bamboo bao has you covered. Even their (normally ordinary) mushroom and vegetable filling has enough depth of flavor to stand out. And don’t leave without trying their delicious brown sugar bao.
Xiaoxiaofu opened 3 years ago and proved so popular that they began franchising their recipes out under the 镖师红糖馒头 “Dartmaster Brown Sugar Mantou” brand. Come here for the original.

447 Guangxi Bei Lu, near Ningbo Lu.  广西北路447号近宁波路. Subway: Line 1/2/8 – People’s Square

Where To Find Steamed Buns In Beijing:

陈寔包子王(龙潭店) Chen Shi Bao Zi Wang (Long Tan shop)

This eatery is only 20min walk from the famous Temple of Heaven. If you have a craving for some sightseeing combined with eating (don’t we all?!) go ahead and pray for a trip full of delicious Chinese food like every emperor from the Ming and Qing dynasties did at this site of ceremonial manifestation. Make sure you leave enough time for the extensive park around the main halls, as a visit to the Temple of Heaven can take a while!

Longtan Lu #1. Subway: Line 5- Zhangzizhong Lu (1600m east of exit C).龙潭路1号(人保财险大楼对面) Tel: +86 13141264588


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