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National Bao Day

Celebrate National Bao Day with delicious baos of all shapes and sizes - savory, sweet, and even gluten-free options are available!
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August 22
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Get ready to celebrate National Bao Day on August 22nd! This popular Asian dish has been around for centuries and is enjoyed all over the world. The traditional bao is made with steamed dough filled with pork, mushrooms, and other ingredients. It can also come in a variety of flavors such as sweet red bean paste or savory teriyaki beef. There are even vegan options available today so everyone can enjoy this delicious meal!

History of National Bao Day

National Bao Day Dates

National Bao Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1800s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Origin of Bao</div><div class='timeline-text'>The bao, a type of filled bun or bread-like dumpling, originated in China during the 1800s, becoming a popular staple food.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1900s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Bao Spreads Across Asia</div><div class='timeline-text'>Bao made its way across Asia, with various countries and regions adopting different variants like the Japanese "Nikuman" and the Filipino "Siopao".</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1970s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Bao Travels to America</div><div class='timeline-text'>Chinese immigrants brought bao to the United States, introducing the tasty filled buns to a brand new audience.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2010</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Rise of Bao in Pop Culture</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Taiwanese version of bao, called Gua bao, gained popularity in Western food scene. This was also the year when bao was mentioned in the movie "Kung Fu Panda".</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2013</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Bao Goes Mainstream</div><div class='timeline-text'>Fast food chains started to add baos in their menu, increasing its visibility and acceptance outside of Asian communities.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2018</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Disney's Bao</div><div class='timeline-text'>Pixar released a short film "Bao", showcasing a touching story centered around a Chinese-Canadian mother and her bao dumpling son.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Bao Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Try a new bao recipe</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Make your own bao with a unique recipe. Try adding a twist to the classic bao recipes by substituting the filling or changing up the shape. Have fun exploring different flavors and textures.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Go out for bao</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Treat yourself to some delicious bao from a local restaurant. Ask your friends or search online for the best spots to get some of the best bao in town.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Bake your own bao</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Making your own bao is easier than you think. Find a simple recipe, gather all the ingredients, and get baking! This is a great way to practice your skills in the kitchen and have something delicious to show for it.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a bao party</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Invite some friends over and celebrate National Bao Day together. You can make different kinds of baos, or buy them from a local restaurant and serve them with other sides like salads or noodles.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Organize a potluck</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather all of your friends and family that love baos and organize a potluck dinner to celebrate National Bao Day. Ask everyone to bring their favorite dish with baos as the star ingredient.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Bao Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Bao is delicious</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Bao, or Chinese steamed buns, are surprisingly tasty. Filled with savory meats, vegetables, and sauces for texture and flavor, these fluffy little baos make the perfect snack or light meal. Plus, they're easy to eat on the go!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Bao is versatile</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>You don't just have to have bao as a snack - you can use them for sandwiches, rice bowls, stir fries or anything else you can think of! The possibilities are practically endless when it comes to this tasty treat.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Bao supports small businesses & entrepreneurs</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>When you celebrate National Bao Day by purchasing bao from local Asian restaurants and food stalls, you are supporting small business owners and entrepreneurs in your community who might not otherwise be able to find success. Plus, you know that your money is going towards making someone's dreams come true!</p></div></div>

5 Flavorful Bao Facts for Foodies

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Bao Have Been Eaten for Over a Thousand Years</h3><p class='facts-text'>Archeological evidence suggests that Bao, or filled buns, have been a part of the Chinese cuisine since the country's Three Kingdoms period, which was from 220 AD to 280 AD.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>There is a Bao for Every Meal</h3><p class='facts-text'>In Chinese cuisine, baos are not just limited to lunch or dinner. There are breakfast baos filled with sweet or savory fillings, dinner baos with more substantial meat fillings and dessert baos stuffed with sweet bean paste or lotus seed paste.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Bao Requires a Special Dough</h3><p class='facts-text'>Creating the perfect bao requires a special dough that uses both yeast and baking powder. This combination creates a light and fluffy texture, perfect for holding any kind of filling.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Baos are an Essential Part of Dim Sum</h3><p class='facts-text'>A popular style of Chinese cuisine where small dishes are shared among everyone at the table, Dim Sum, often features several types of baos on the menu, including the delicious "Char Siu Bao," a fluffy bun filled with barbecued pork.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Bao Can Be Cooked in Several Ways</h3><p class='facts-text'>While the most common way to cook bao is by steaming, they can also be pan-fried to create a crispy bottom or deep-fried for a completely crisp exterior, giving bao an impressive range of textures and flavors.</p></div></div>

National Bao Day FAQs

When is National Bao Day?

National Bao Day is celebrated on August 22nd every year. In 2024 National Bao Day will occur on a Thursday.

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