I’ve been obsessing over bao the last few months. Bao is a chinese yeasted bread that is steamed and usually stuffed with pork belly. The bread is so soft and fluffy! Since it’s not exactly vegetarian-friendly, I never had it until recently. A few months ago I went to Paris and went to Ippudo, a ramen chain, and had my very first bao. It was stuffed with tempura eggplant, romaine lettuce and Sriracha mayo. It was amazing! We actually ended up ordering a second plate! I love all the textures – soft, crunchy and crispy!
To recreate that foodie experience, I bought some frozen bao from my local asian market, but you can make the bao yourself. I also used Urban Accent’s Korean BBQ Taco Simmer Sauce to flavor my tofu. If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ve seen my veggie tacos I made with their Tangy Garlic Tomatillo Taco Simmer Sauce. These sauces really pack a flavor punch and they help make my meal prep so much shorter!
The beauty of bao is that you can pretty much fill it with anything. I like to add lots of crunchy bits like purple cabbage, peanuts and carrots. You can always use whatever veggies you have in your fridge!
If you end up buying frozen bao this meal is a quick 30 minute meal! You could always spend an afternoon making bao buns and then freezing them for future meals! Give it a try!