Hong Kong Pastry and desserts

Pineapple buns, Hong Kong (菠蘿包, 香港)

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With a sugary flaky layer on top of a sweet white bun, bor lor bao, or pineapple buns, are a classic treat from Hong Kong.

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There is no pineapple on them, and the naming just comes from the resemblance to the fruit, as the crumbly layer on top is sometimes shaped on a checkered pattern that resembles the skin of the fruit.

Much like their cousins on the oven (the crispy buns with condensed milk), they can be served as a dim sum snack, breakfast, or just as dessert pastry.

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It is to be served with a slice of butter wedged in between, and the idea is that when biting into it, you will have an explosion of semi-melted butter mixed with soft bread and the crunchy shell…

This pastry is so rooted within Hong Kong’s culture that in 2014, Hong Kong’s Government listed the pineapple bun as a part of Hong Kong’s intangible cultural heritage.

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