No Baozi Too Big
As most of you know, our little man simply LOVES these Xiǎobāo (小包, “small bun”)! Truth be told, all three of us find it hard to resist biting into these delicious hot little pockets of bread filled with meat. Most of the time, I am trying to avoid flour so buying these is sort of like a mild torture for me. It often takes a massive amount of will-power not to eat a couple of Eli’s, especially when he can’t finish the whole serving!
On Saturday morning, which was a quiet and relaxing one last week, we went down to our local little baozi store for a bite to eat. While Justin and Eli dug into a some baozi, I took a few photos of them. I love capturing these special little aspects of living in China. Someday we will live somewhere else, and life with be VERY different. These things are definitely worth remembering. For a westerner, Eli has experienced such a unique first three years, and I want to be able to show him that later.
Look at the excitement on Eli’s face! He is just dying to dig in, but he knows that these little buns are extremely hot inside. Still, he will often try and grab them straight out of the bag when we get them to go. He just can’t resist them!
“A baozi or simply known as bao, bau, humbow, nunu, bakpao, bausak, pow, pau or pao (Hakka) is a type of steamed, filled, bun or bread-like (i.e. made with yeast) item in various Chinese cuisines, as there is much variation as to the fillings and the preparations. In its bun-like aspect it is very similar to the traditional Chinese mantou. It can be filled with meat and/or vegetarian fillings.
Two types are found in most parts of China and Indonesia: Dàbāo (大包, “big bun”), measuring about 10 cm across, served individually, and usually purchased for take-away. The other type, Xiǎobāo (小包, “small bun”), measure approximately 5 cm wide, and are most commonly eaten in restaurants, but may also be purchased for take-away. Each order consists of a steamer containing between three and ten pieces. A small ceramic dish is provided for vinegar or soy sauce, both of which are available in bottles at the table, along with various types of chili and garlic pastes, oils or infusions, fresh coriander and leeks, sesame oil, MSG (yup — just a bowl of MSG!), and other flavorings.” – Source of Quote
Eli always attempts to shove entire baozi in his mouth. He is absolutely determined to get the whole thing in there, but alas, his mouth is just not big enough. We therefore have to break them in half for him. This helps for two reasons. Firstly, so he puts a smaller piece in his mouth, and secondly, so that the steaming hot meat inside can cool down a little.
I got a few Japanese fish sticks to eat with my Chinese tea eggs. When Eli saw them, he wanted one too! This kid is COMPLETELY cool with life, food, and everything else that comes with living in China.