Hot Asian Buns
Brought to Missoula by Bao Chow
A BAOZI (or simply known as bao, bau, humbow) is a type of steamed, filled bun in various Chinese and Thai cusines. There are many variations of filling and preperations.
It is said that the history of baozi dates back almost 1,800 years to the Three Kingdoms period (220-280). Zhuge Liang, a military strategist of the time, was on an expedition to far South China when his army caught a plague. The incarnation of wisdom in Chinese history, he invented this meal shaped as a human head and made of flour and pork and beef to offer as a sacrafice and then as food to cure the soldiers’ plague.
This food, originally called mantou (flour head), became a typical food of Chinese people. In some parts of southern China, steamed bread (with stuffing or not) is still called mantou. But in the north, people started to call the stuffed buns baozi, with bao meaning “wrapping”.
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