Banh bao – A popular dish of Vietnamese people

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Banh bao - A popular dish of Vietnamese people
Banh bao - A popular dish of Vietnamese people

Banh bao or steamed bun dumpling cake is a very popular Vietnamese dish to Vietnamese people as is sold at Vietnamese market, Vietnamese fast food stores and restaurants

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Banh bao to Vietnamese people

Banh bao is a ball-shaped bun containing pork or chicken meat, onions, eggs, mushrooms and vegetables. It often has Chinese sausage and a portion of a hard-boiled egg inside.

Banh bao - A popular dish of Vietnamese people
Banh bao – A popular dish of Vietnamese people

Banh bao can be served for breakfast, for snack, and big enough to consider it a light lunch or dinner, at home, on the road, everywhere.

This is probably the most popular Chinese dish that is loved by Vietnamese.

The origin

Banh bao is a ball-shaped bun containing pork or chicken meat, onions, eggs, mushrooms and vegetables, in Vietnamese cuisine. It often has Chinese sausage and a portion of a hard-boiled egg inside. Bánh bao are generally smaller than baozi, and are filled with savory fillings, the most popular of which is seasoned ground pork. A vegetarian version of bánh bao also exists.

Banh bao - A popular dish of Vietnamese people
Banh bao – A popular dish of Vietnamese people

The dish originated with the baozi from China but was adapted by the Vietnamese and is also available in most other countries with significant Vietnamese populations. As in China, pork is the most popular kind of meat in Vietnam.

Bánh bao is an old fashioned Cantonese dim sum called tai pao (大包, literally “big bun”) brought to Vietnam by Cantonese immigrants