Tang bao

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Tang Bao
Place of origin China
Region or state Various
Variations Crab-roe tang bao
A crab-roe tang bao of the Jiangsu style
Tang bao
Simplified Chinese 汤包
Traditional Chinese 湯包
Literal meaning soup bun

Tang bao or Guantangbao is a large, soup-filled baozi originating from China. Various varieties are found, with some name variations in various parts of the country. All of these buns are made by wrapping a gelatinous filling in dough, which is then steamed to melt the filling into soup. Some examples include:

  • Tang bao from Kaifeng, in Henan province: The traditional tang bao in Kaifeng is a large bun, similar to other baozi, which is bitten open to release the soup filling, which is then drunk with a spoon. However, the traditional form has all but disappeared, with most eateries choosing to serve a Jiangsu-style tang bao where the soup is drunk with a straw.
  • Tang bao from Yangzhou and elsewhere in Jiangsu province: This variety is found throughout the Jiangnan region. Often served in its own individual steaming basket, the large steamed bun contains a soup filling made with pork gelatin and sometimes, crab roe. The soup is drunk with a straw, the rest of the bun eaten afterwards.
  • Xiaolongbao from Shanghai and elsewhere in Jiangsu province: a small sized variety of tang bao usually made with unleavened dough, each bun is picked up and bitten open to access the pork and soup filling.
  • Xiaolong tangbao from Wuhan: similar to a xiaolongbao in shape, but made with leavened dough.

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