National Bao Day - August 22
Mon, Aug 22, 2022

National Bao Day

National Bao Day is a holiday dedicated to the popular and delicious Chinese food baozi (or simply bao). These are round yeast dough pies with different fillings. They are usually paired.


The idea to celebrate National Bao Day belongs to the Chinese fast food chain Wow Bao. The company created this holiday in 2017 to inform people about their new restaurants. The date August 22 is chosen as significant for Wow Bao: on this day in 2003, Chicago opened its first Chinese food restaurant in a water tower building on Michigan Street. The restaurant’s specialty was bao.

Today, Wow Bao has more than 200 restaurants across the US, and they provide both traditional and online services, which only contributes to the popularity. Of course, restaurants offer more than just baozi: the menu includes soups, salads, desserts, drinks, and meals for children.

Interesting facts

Learn more about bao:

  1. Chinese legend says that the great commander Zhuge Liang in the 3rd century AD was the creator of this wonderful dish. According to the Chinese, he invented a land mine, a crossbow, a signal lamp. From peaceful inventions – a wheelbarrow and a mantou dish. Mantou was originally prepared the way pao is today. But later mantou began to be called only products without filling.
  2. In China, baozi is most popular in Chengdu.
  3. Bao are spicy and sweet, and also differ in size: daobao – about 10 cm in diameter, xiobao – about 5.
  4. The Japanese call this dish nikuman, the Vietnamese – ban-bao, the Koreans – pyanse, the Turks and the inhabitants of Central Asia – manti.
  5. The traditional filling of bao consists of minced pork and cabbage. But vegetarians and vegans can also enjoy this dish: it is prepared with toppings of tofu, mushrooms, pumpkin, cabbage, or a variety of combinations thereof. For sweet baozi, anko bean paste made from red adzuki beans is used as a filling.

How to celebrate

You can celebrate National Bao Day by inviting your family or friends to a Chinese restaurant, where they can enjoy this dish with different toppings, sauces and seasonings. You can also study guides on the Internet and learn how to cook it yourself. Involve the whole family! Children love to sculpt with dough.

When is National Bao Day celebrated in 2022?

National Bao Day is observed on August 22 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Monday August 22 2022
Tuesday August 22 2023
Thursday August 22 2024
Friday August 22 2025
Saturday August 22 2026

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