Foodie Friday: Char Siu Bao

Char Siu Bao: steamed white buns with sweet roasted pork inside

char siu bao

These ubiquitous buns are found in all dim sum restaurants. With their outer soft bread layer, they’re one of my favorites. The best part is the inside: char siu, with its distinctive coloring. Yes, I know it’s unnatural for pork to be bright red, but there’s something festive and cheerful about the color. It reminds me of the holidays, and it doubles as a lucky color. Here are some fun red things I’ve seen:

-Red qipao: beautiful high-collared dresses; the color is usually reserved for weddings

-Red envelopes: laisees filled with money

Red egg and ginger parties: celebrations for newborns

-Red firecrackers: to start off the new year with a bang

-Red monkeys: Formosan rock macaques, found in Taiwan

What do you associate with red?

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  1. My college football fans are known as the Red Wave. :)

  2. Sounds delicious. Have everything on hand except oyster sauce….

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