Cha siu bao
May 26, 2023
Cha siu bao is one of the representative traditional Xiguan famous spots in Guangdong, and one of the "Four Heavenly Kings (shrimp dumplings, dry steamed Shaomai, Cha siu bao, egg tarts)" of Guangdong style morning tea. Cha siu bao is named because it is wrapped with meat stuffing.
The dough of Cha siu bao is improved from the fermented dough commonly used in the north. When making the steamed bun, it should be made into a bird cage shape. Because of proper fermentation, the top of the steamed bun will naturally crack after steaming. In fact, it is a kind of flowering Mantou with barbecued meat stuffing. Cha siu bao are generally about 5cm in diameter and three or four in one basket.
The old famous spot in Guangzhou is Cantonese Cha siu bao.