The steamed bun is the second most consumed food in China and Taiwan. The first, as you probably already know, is rice.
In Northern China, the temperatures get very cold, and thus is hard to grow rice. They usually eat buns or breads and lots of noodles.
In Southern China and Taiwan, rice is easily grown and is eaten more than bread.
The steamed bun has a special place in my heart, because it is a staple of the Chinese breakfast. I remember when I was young, my parents would take my sister and I to restaurants that serve buns and a special soy drink. As we grew older and busier, we stopped going, and these moments became special memories.
Like all bread, they are best right out of the oven.
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