National Bao Day

August 22

When is National Bao Day?

National Bao Day happens on Thursday August 22, 2024.

Everything You Need to Know About National Bao Day

Ah, bao. Is there anything this delicious, fluffy food can’t do? It seems like every day there’s a new reason to celebrate bao, and today is no different. That’s right, today is National Bao Day! So in honor of this joyous occasion, we’re going to take a deep dive into everything bao. From its history to its many different forms, by the time you’re finished reading this post, you’ll be an expert on all things bao. Let’s get started!

What is Bao?

Bao is a type of Chinese bun that is often filled with meat or vegetables. The dough is made from flour, water, and yeast, and it is steamed instead of baked. Bao has been eaten in China for over 1,800 years and it is thought to have originated during the Three Kingdoms period in the third century. Legend has it that Zhuge Liang, the legendary military strategist, was the original inventor of the Bao.

Are There Different Kinds of Bao?

Yes! There are many different types of bao, and they come in both sweet and savory varieties. Here are just a few of the most popular types of bao:

  • Pork Belly Bao: This type of bao is filled with braised pork belly and it is often served with pickled cucumber and hoisin sauce.
  • Red Bean Buns: These sweet buns are filled with red bean paste and they are very popular in Cantonese cuisine.
  • Steamed Custard Buns: These custard-filled buns are soft, fluffy, and absolutely delicious. They are often served with condensed milk or sugar syrup.

Bao lovers rejoice! Today is National Bao Day and we’re celebrating by giving you all the information you need to know about this delicious treat. From its history to the different types of bao available, by the end of this post you’ll be an expert on all things bao. So what are you waiting for? Grab a steamed bun and celebrate National Bao day in style!

When does National Bao Day happen next year?

National Bao Day will happen on the following upcoming dates:

  • Friday August 22, 2025
  • Saturday August 22, 2026
  • Sunday August 22, 2027
  • Tuesday August 22, 2028
  • Wednesday August 22, 2029


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