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Food - Drink
Liu Sha Bao: The Savory Chinese Buns With A Yolky Center
Liu sha bao are like a sweet version of Chinese steamed buns filled with roast pork. These treats are often served at dim sum, or tea paired with savory and sweet small plates.
Liu sha bao are fluffy and white on the outside with hot golden custard inside. The filling is made of salted duck eggs, butter, sugar, milk powder, and custard or custard powder.
These buns offer a unique savory and sweet flavor, and some say that the salted duck egg filling tastes a bit like cheese. Beyond dim sum, they're also eaten at breakfast or as a casual snack.
You can find liu sha bao at your local dim sum spot, and some restaurants offer unique versions, like chocolate bao at Ding Tai Fung and French toast bao at LA restaurant Needle.
If you want to make your own liu sha bao at home, salted duck eggs are the hardest ingredient to procure, though regular egg yolks plus some extra salt will work in a pinch.
You'll also need flour, milk, yeast, oil, sugar, butter, custard powder, milk powder, and a steamer. Liu sha bao will keep for 4 to 5 days in the fridge, and also freeze well.