These Vegan Char Siu Baos are easy to make and packed with flavor. They are a childhood favorite and would be loved by children and adults alike.
I would walk back and forth from the living room to the kitchen waiting for my mom to finish making Char Siu Bao (BBQ pork buns). I was not waiting for the buns themselves but any flour she had leftover so I can play with it.
My hands were too small to be able to help her make the buns at one point so I would stand next to her in the kitchen watching her carefully, yet quickly, fold and twist the buns to close them off. When she would hand me a piece of dough she had left to play with, I would pick up the rolling pin she was using, rolling it to a circular shape and practice folding the buns like she did. I would repeat over and over, loving the feeling of the dough on my hand, the softness of the flour I would grab to dust the surface so the dough would not stick.
The kitchen became a haven for my mom and I, a time for us to be together, sharing the moment of kneading dough together and bringing the kitchen alive. The kitchen being a place for us to freely explore what we love, our personality, style, and voice. The kitchen where cooking and baking becomes a labor of love that gets passed down from generation to generation.
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If you are ready to make these Vegan Char Siu Baos, let’s get started!