This latest foray into a heretofore unexplored part of Asian culture was from a tip from a non-Asian. The 365 food blogger in Richmond. A white girl. Like myself.
Having now eaten, and become clinically dependent on, the Asian Bun in its many splendoured glory I have now come up with a theory.
A conspiracy theory
I am naming it the "Chinese Carbohydrate Concealment from Caucasians Conspiracy".
It makes total sense - its a secret worth keeping.
My dear Asian friends have consistently concealed from me the gastronomic pleasures of their carbs - rice, noodles and buns.
They were aghast that this was my very first bite of Asian baking.....not horrified at their gross negligence in my education in all things Asian as they should have been.
And immediately declared I had bought the wrong buns!
Within half an hour the lovely Lisa returned with the better bun - a pineapple coconut bun - which has no pineapple in it just a different topping that resembles a pineapple (NF you are all clear).
Of course I had to try it.....so I broke off a piece and all the topping flaked off (which had the Asians in fits of giggles because they saw that coming and again concealed the information!) - very messy but very delicious....oh so light and sweet and coconutty - MMMmm
Of course many suggestions have now been willingly forthcoming and there is a concerted effort to bust my conspiracy theory. It's going to take some doing to convince me.
It has been quite the revelation - how to negotiate a Chinese bakery, how fresh and tasty everything is, how cheap - shockingly so! I have had the charming and tasty BBQ pork bun..... and made the mistake of having the butter bun which is a regular bun with a great slab of butter in the middle - once I removed the slab o'butter I enjoyed the bun!