Broken open bakpau showing minced meat filling, served with sweet chili sauce

Bakpau or Bah-pau (Chinese: 肉包; pinyin: ròubāo; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: bah-pau), is a type of Chinese bun (baozi) filled with meat, usually minced pork. The name bakpau originates from the Hokkien word for "meat bun", though "meat" in Chinese culture usually refers to pork by default in the absence of other descriptors. The bun is common in China and other areas influenced by Chinese cuisine in Southeast Asia. Bakpau is usually made in a larger size called dabao


Bakpau is found in Indonesia as a take away food sold by cart street hawkers. Bakpau in Indonesia is usually sold in dabao size (lit: "big pau"), around 10 centimetres (3.9 in) in diameter. To accommodate the dietary restrictions of Indonesia's Muslim majority, the original pork filling has been replaced with minced beef, diced chicken, or even sweet mung bean and red bean pastes. These pao with non-meat fillings are still called bakpau by Indonesians, despite the lack of meat. It is usually served with sweet chili sauce.

The Netherlands

Written as bapao in the Netherlands, they were brought by Indos of Chinese heritage during the repatriation following the independence of Indonesia. It is commonly sold in supermarkets and toko.

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