Cha siu baau
A plate of steamed cha siu baau

Traditional Chinese


Simplified Chinese


Hanyu Pinyin

chā shāo bāo

Cantonese Jyutping

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Cha siu baau, also spelled char siu bau, are Cantonese barbecue pork buns (baozi). The buns are filled with barbecue-flavoured cha siu. They are served as a type of dim sum during yum cha and are sometimes sold in Chinese bakeries.


There are two major kinds of char siu bau: steamed and baked. Baked barbecue pork puns are browned and glazed.

Cantonese cuisineEdit

Char siu refers to the pork filling; the word bau simply means "bun."

Although visually similar to other types of steamed baozi, the dough of steamed cha siu bau is unique since it makes use of both yeast and baking powder as leavening. This unique mix of leavening gives the dough of cha siu bau the texture of a slightly dense, but fine soft bread.

Encased in the center of the bun (bau), there is tender, sweet, slow-roasted pork tenderloin called char siu. The char siu is diced, and then mixed into a syrupy mixture of oyster sauce, hoisin sauce, roasted sesame seed oil, rice vinegar, shaoxing wine or dry sherry, soy sauce, sugar and cornstarch.

Other namesEdit

  • Roast Pork Bun
  • Char siu baau
  • Char siu bao

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