Steam has changed all of our lives for the better. The steam engine changed history (it allowed Marty McFly to return to the present in Back To The Future III). Without steam, saunas would just be a bunch of naked guys in a room. And most importantly, steam makes bao possible.
We visited the Chicago chain Wow Bao (it rhymes) (warning, their website has an autoplay video).
Ian: It's like a cloud. I wish actual clouds were filled with pork. Because you know, pork rain.
Robert: Every cloud has a damaged stomach lining.
Some things are better left un-cross-sectioned.
Some things are better left un-cross-sectioned. NPR
Eva: A bao is what a pop tart looks like when it's eaten too many pop tarts.
Mike: This barbecue pork dumpling is like an anatomy model of my stomach after I've eaten ribs. It's educational and delicious. It's edulicious!
A look within the spinach bao.
A look within the spinach bao. NPR
Ian: If I were Wow Bao, I'd call the beef ones "Cow Bao" and the pork ones "Sow Bao." And the glass shard ones "Ow Bao."
Eva: Yeah. I like food I can order in as few words as possible. Saves the ol' mouth muscles for chewing.
We left Robert alone with a bao and a camera.
We left Robert alone with a bao and a camera. NPR
Ian: What if Wow Bao is what dogs have been asking for all this time, and they just talk backwards?
Eva: And they spell weird.
Ian: I guess they've also been asking for crab.
[The verdict: very delicious. And before you say it's not a sandwich, I refer you to the The Neuhaus Rule.]