If you’re one of the millions that watched the Incredibles 2 during its opening week, then you were treated to Pixar’s latest short, Bao before the film. You’re not alone if the heartwarming short made you tear up —or if it even made you a little hungry. Critics are raving about the cute film and now you can satisfy your cravings with this adorable dumpling recipe from Bao.
Domee Shi, the film’s writer and director—and the first female director for a Pixar short—was inspired by her own experiences forming and cooking the Chinese dumplings with her mom when she was a kid.There’s a reason the film feels so authentic: Shi actually brought in her mom to the studio to give the movie’s production team a lesson in how to actually make the dumplings—and here’s how you can make your very own, too!
Wanting to give fans the chance to share in the dumpling tastiness, Shin created the illustrated recipe to spread her mom’s knowledge. Read on to see how you can make your own bao at home.
You should be able to find all of these ingredients in your local grocery store; check the Asian or international aisle for the oyster sauce.
First, Make the Dough
Like all good dumplings, start with your flour and yeast.
Time to Roll Up Your Sleeves
Shi's recipe calls for 500 mL of water, which is the equivalent to a little more than 2 cups.
Well, nap time for your dumpling dough, anyway.
Making the Filling
Every dumpling has two delicious elements: a nice, yummy dough and some kind of tasty filling. For this recipe, Shi uses pork, but you could sub for other meats or meat alternatives.
Mix It Up
All of these ingredients for the filling will fill your kitchen with delicious, savory aromas of umami.
Let's Get Rolling
Time to wake up that dough from its nap and roll it into shape.
The Windmill Technique
If you've never used the windmill technique to roll out dough before, Shi has provided this helpful tutorial.
The Dumplings Take Shape
We hope your hungry, because this recipe makes a pretty good amount of dumplings!
Putting It All Together
This part is especially perfect for little hands if you have your kids helping you in the kitchen.
Pinch & Twist
To give your bao its characteristic shape, make sure you both pinch and twist the top to seal it.
Time for a Steam Bath
While the most authentic preparation for Chinese bao would be to use a bamboo steamer, a metal steamer or even a mesh strainer (lined with cabbage leaves to prevent the dumplings from sticking) also works if you don't have a bamboo one on hand.
There’s still one more step in Shi’s recipe—but we don’t want to spoil the ending of the cute film in case you haven’t seen it yet. You’ll have to see Bao for yourself to see the very last and most hilarious step to making these very special dumplings!
Featured photo: Walt Disney Thailand via YouTube