You mentioned hibernating


My cravings have been satisfied. This morning, I made what we call num bao, or Chinese steamed buns. These ones in particular have minced pork, egg, and Chinese sausage fillings, and are my favourite kind of savoury buns along with BBQ pork. Besides the savoury kinds, I’m also a fan of the sweet versions which have fillings such as taro, sweet bean paste, and Lotus seed paste.

When I was in grade school, whereas my classmates would sport aesthetically pleasing goodies at bake sales, such as cupcakes, cookies, and brownies, I’d bring these steamed buns which my mother helped me make. It was unfortunate that my sales turned out to be a miserable fail among the children cohort. But what made me feel understood was when fellow Asian classmates smiled at me and said, “I know what these are. My mom makes them too. They’re really good.” I didn’t feel so lonely after all with my foreign-looking eats.

The buns I made this morning were incredibly good. The texture, taste, and everything about them was spot on and to my liking. I was pleasantly surprised. I think they were the best I’ve had since what feels like the Neolithic era. But eating them made me think of my grandmother and our time making them together last year. She loves steamed buns. If I didn’t live so far away from her, I’d bring her some so that she may enjoy them with her cuppa coffee.

3 thoughts on “You mentioned hibernating

  1. Those look amazing. Red bean bao are my favourite things ever. May just have to dig out my mum’s bamboo steamer (which I haven’t seen since I was a little girl.. I hope the woodlice haven’t got to it).

    • Thank you! I’m with you on the red bean bao, they’re delicious. You should give making them a shot. I’d love to know how it goes.

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