Everyday Chinese Bread


Preparation info
  • Makes 12 individual breads, enough to serve


    alongside a hearty bowl of soup .
    • Difficulty


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By Barbara Tropp

Published 1982

  • About

While much of the Chinese population picks up a rice bowl with every meal, Chinese of the northernmost provinces, including the citizens of Peking, pick up an oblong-shaped bun of steamed dough. It is in every way the equivalent of rice—white, plain, soft, with an overtone of sweet freshness.

  • Just like bread on a Western table, these buns appear variously at the beginning or somewhere in the middle of a northern Chinese meal, often after a bowl of noodles or du