Every time I’ve gone to watch The Incredibles 2 this summer, the Pixar short right before it, Bao, has left me in tears. My mom is from Hong Kong, and is the same kind of loving “helicopter parent” that is portrayed in the film.
The short is one that resonates amongst tons of Asian American families, as it was heartwarming and tear-jerking to see director Domee Shi bring that experience to the big screen.
Shi is giving us all another chance to relive that childhood nostalgia, as she just shared her mom’s recipe for the same meat-filled dumplings that were prominent in the film.
The full ingredients and step-by-step cooking instructions were posted on Disney Pixar’s Facebook page, with Shi providing illustrations to supplement her mom’s recipe. Some of the measurements may not be exact, but you’ll still get a whole pile of delicious dumplings to enjoy.
Shi’s recipe may require a few tries to get the whole process right, as the “windmill technique” used to make the roll of dough, and pinching the ends of the bao together, takes a bit of practice.
Creating the perfect bun is just as rewarding as it is delicious, though, and can serve as a reminder of home for those that spent time cooking with their parents.