As the leading plant-based meat in Asia and a brand founded in Hong Kong, we know a thing or two about delicious Asian flavors! One Asian delicacy that’s having its moment in 2023? Bao Buns, and we’re here to tell you everything you need to know about these pillowy creations – no gatekeeping here.

OMNI Plant-based Bao Buns

What is a Bao Bun

Bao buns  (pronounced “bow”), also known as steamed buns or baozi, are a type of filled bun that originates from Chinese cuisine. It is traditionally filled with ground pork, Asia’s most widely consumed meat. Some date its invention to third-century Northern China where it was used in military strategy by military commander Zhuge Liang. Today, you’ll find bao buns in a variety of flavors from savory to sweet, taking on new life and forms across different regions of Asia (and now made vegan!).

Our NEW OMNI™ Bao Buns are bursting with authentic Asian flavors. They are filled with our OMNI™ Plant-Based Pork, giving you a healthier, more sustainable alternative with zero cholesterol and no added preservatives. Available in two flavors: Plant-based Teriyaki and Korean-Style BBQ, each serving contains 7g of clean protein and is ready within minutes from frozen. Convenient and delicious, you’re going to want to stock up on these vegan snacks! And if you need a little more convincing, just know that these Bao Buns have been named one of VegNew’s best new vegan products in 2023.

OMNI™ Plant-Based Teriyaki Bao Buns packaging

OMNI™ Plant-Based Teriyaki Bao Buns: Steamed buns filled with plant-based OMNI Plant-Based Pork-Style Ground, veggies, and Japanese Teriyaki sauce
OMNI™ Plant-Based Korean-Style BBQ Bao Buns: Steamed buns filled with plant-based OMNI Plant-Based Pork-Style Strips, veggies, and Korean chili sauce (gochujang)

Where to Buy Vegan Bao Buns

You can now find both OMNI plant-based bao buns at Portland’s New Seasons Market, and the Teriyaki Bao in West Hollywood’s Bristol Farms (and coming to a major retailer very soon!)

How to Make Bao Buns

While bao buns are sometimes compared to dumplings, the texture and preparation are vastly different. Bao buns contain yeast which give it a more bread-like consistency, and are traditionally steamed to bring out their soft and fluffy quality. For a pan-fried bao bun variation, check out vegan influencer Woon Heng’s (@woon.heng)  Vegan Pork Jian Bao recipe

Here is a simple step-by-step guide to help you steam your bao buns to perfection.

To steam bao buns, bamboo steamer baskets are typically used as they help retain flavors and allow proper steam circulation (available on Amazon or in Chinese supermarkets). You can also use a steamer rack or get creative with a strainer, just ensure elevation from the water below.  If you don’t have any of these, read on to see how you can use a microwave!

Step 1:

Bring 1-2 inches of water to a boil in a pot or pan. As the water heats, prepare your steamer basket/rack by placing a piece of parchment paper on top and poking a few holes in it. Kitchen hack: you can also use a coffee filter instead of parchment paper.

Step 2:

Place frozen bao buns on the lined steamer with at least one inch separation between them. Ensure the sides of the bao buns are not touching the steamer basket if you are using one. This allows the steam to circulate evenly, ensuring each bun cooks uniformly.

Step 3:

When the water is boiling, carefully put the steamer in place and put the lid on the pot. Allow the bao buns to steam for about 12 minutes until they are fully cooked and slightly puffed up. Once done, remove from the steamer and enjoy your soft, fluffy bao buns!

How to Steam Bao Buns without A Steamer

If you’re short on time or don’t have a steamer, microwaving is an alternative way to prepare your bao buns (below instructions specifically for OMNI™ Bao Buns). Here’s how to do it:

Making bao buns with a microwave

Step 1:

Place your bao bun onto a microwave-safe dish and cover it with a damp paper towel. The moisture from the paper towel will create a steam-like effect in the microwave, helping to keep your bao bun soft and moist.

Step 2:

Microwave your bao bun at 1000W for 45 seconds until fully cooked. If you are heating more than one bao bun, remember to add 20 seconds per additional bun. For instance, if you are microwaving two bao buns, the total time should be 65 seconds.

Step 3:

Carefully remove the plate from the microwave, allow the bao buns to slightly cool for 30-60 seconds before eating. This cooling period is important as it allows the buns to firm up a bit and enhances their texture.

Make sure to follow us on Instagram or TikTok to find out where our Bao Buns are launching next!

2 Responses

  1. These Bao Buns were so delicious! I ate the whole bag of four for breakfast, with a fried sweet potato. The combination was delicious. This kept me full all day long. This is how I prepared the Bao. I cut four small holes in the clear plastic bag that surrounds the Bao Buns inside the outer wrapper. I put them in our microwave for two minutes, on level two. I checked them for defrosted-ness and temperature, and put them in for another two minutes on level two. This is an approximate length of time in the microwave. I heated them in the frying pan with the sweet potato, two table spoons of coconut oil and two table spoons of vegetable oil, for another minute or two, transffered the whole thing to a plate, then poured the hot grease over the whole plate. They were perfect. They never got chewy or tough the way some food products do from overcooking in the microwave. I did four hours of weight lifting and household chores, and this food kept me full all day long.

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