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Sweet Potato Bao

Sweet Potato Bao

May 20, 2024

Prep time: 2-3 minutes microwave OR 8-10 minutes oven

Can we skip to the part where we all take a bite of our bao and sit in complete silence (the ever-accurate indicator of a good meal) while we chow? Please? No? OK fine, we’ll keep it movin’ as fast as we can then. 

These buns originated in China thousands of years ago and there are OODLES of variations. Bao are made with yeast-leavened dough and are often filled with pork and served steamed. Our version comes with sweet potato, spicy mayo, and pickled veggies to pack into your buns. You even have the option to add on shredded hoisin pork! Bao literally translates to bun, so when you say “bao bun” it translates to, “bun bun”. Hehe.

In your bag

  • 4 steamed buns (bao)
  • Roasted sweet potato, spicy mayo, & pickled veggies
  • Shredded hoisin pork (if you ordered it!)

At home

  • 2 microwave-safe bowls or aluminum foil-lined sheet tray & a little oil
  • 2 damp paper towels & microwave-safe plate

The Sweet Potato & Shredded Hoisin Pork (if you ordered it!)

Microwave option:

  1. Add sweet potato and pork to separate microwave-safe bowls, cover with damp paper towels, and microwave until warmed to your liking.

Oven option:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375F. 
  2. Add sweet potato & pork side by side on your lightly greased foil-lined sheet tray and toss in the oven for 8-10 minutes or until hot and the edges of the pork are crisping!

The Steamed Buns

  1. Grab your 2 damp paper towels and lay one flat on a microwave safe-plate. 
  2. Place your bao on the lined plate and lay the other damp paper towel on top. 
  3. Microwave for just 10-15 seconds. Use the back of your hand to test if your bao are ready–they should be hot, fluffy & soft!
  4. If they need more time, toss them back in the microwave for 10 more seconds. Repeat the process as necessary.
  5. Let your hot bao sit for a moment to reduce tearing and make handling easier. 

Assembly time! Spread some of your spicy mayo in each bao. Next, wedge a bit of sweet potato in there (and pork if you ordered it), add some pickled veggies on top, and dig in. Enjoy! :)

That’s it! #Dinnersolved, dinner served.

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