Char Siu Bao (Roast Pork Buns)

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Char siu bao (roast pork bun) is a Cantonese specialty consisting of marinated pork encased in a spongy dough that's then steamed or baked. The best are filled with the stir-fried trimmings of marinated and roasted pork butt—a slightly fatty cut that stays tender during roasting. There are dozens of varieties of buns in China, but char siu bao remains among the most popular on dim sum carts—and my favorite. — Corinne Trang, from "Bao Wow" (November 1998)