“Bao” Appétit With This Pixar-Inspired Bao Recipe Made With Love!

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In 2018, we were introduced to an adorable Disney-Pixar Short Film Bao,which aired in theaters before each Incredibles 2 showing.  The Pixar Short by Director Domee Shi is a story about the relationship between a mother and son as he starts to grow up.  The animated short is a great depiction of the family relationship in Chinese culture and brought tears to our eyes.

Bao Poster
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Pixar Short Bao

In Bao, you see the growing pains in the mother-son relationship as they were close when he was young and as they start to grow apart as he becomes an adult.  The mom continues to see her son as her little bao bun over time, running around Chinatown and eating red bean paste pastries together, which makes for a hard time in her letting go.  In the end, he isn’t a kid anymore, leaves home, and moves into adulthood, but after some time he come back home to have a relationship with his aging Chinese mom.

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Pixar Bao Recipe

Bao is the Chinese word for little dumpling or steamed bun.  They have been an increasingly popular food item in the Disney Parks since Bao released in theaters.  Now we’re able to make the same Chinese dumpling bao recipe as the Pixar’s Bao.  Pixar released a “Cooking With Pixar” segment on IGTV with Bao to teach us out to make his family’s dumpling recipe and it’s just as cute as the short.

Bao Illustrations
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Recipe Source: Pixar (There aren’t exact measurements)


  • Flour
  • Yeast
  • Water
  • Ground Pork
  • Chopped Chinese Cabbage
  • Chopped Carrots
  • Chopped Green Onions
  • Ground Ginger
  • Olive Oil
  • Pepper
  • Soy Sauce, Oyster Sauce, or Chicken Bouillon Powder (Optional)
  • Full Leaves of Chinese Cabbage


  1. Mix flour with yeast in a mixing bowl.
  2. Add water to the combination and knead thoroughly until a solid dough ball forms.
  3. Set aside and give your dough enough time to rise.
  4. Cook a pork mixture in a sizzling pan.
  5. Combine the cooked pork with raw pork, cabbage, carrots, onions, ginger, olive oil, pepper, and any other ingredients of your choice.
  6. Setting your filling mixture aside, take your dough mound and roll it out into a long rope.
  7. Lay out the dough rope and cut into 1/2 inch pieces.
  8. Roll each piece out into a flat circle.
  9. Fill your Bao with a bit of filling.  Spoon some of the mixture into the center of the wrapper.
  10. Pinch and fold the wrapper all the way around then twist the top to close and finish.
  11. Add your bao to the basket, lined with cabbage so they don’t stick, and let them steam.
  12. Let them rest briefly then bao appetit!

Enjoy this Bao recipe with your family and watch some of the other heartwarming Pixar short films as well!

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