Birthday Bun with Red Bean Paste Filling

壽桃 Birthday bun with red bean paste filling. This is a long tradition in Chinese culture that the peach-shaped birthday buns will be presented to persons (especially seniors ones) having birthday as blessings of longevity. Why the shape of peach? Ha, in short that’s because in an ancient myth, it take every six thousand years to grow one precious peach of immortality and it will be consumed by immortals for longevity, hence the symbolic meaning.
Red beans are simmered then stir fried with sugar and butter until paste like to make the filling. My favorite part of making these birthday buns is the moment when opening the lid of my bamboo steamer to see all these puffy cute little buns and the good smell coming with the steam.


Traveling around the world, I’ve seen how those Chinese take out mislead people’s perception about Chinese food. Wok fried, heavy seasoned with soy sauce and MSG, cornstarch thickened at all time is not authentic Chinese cooking. Real Chinese cuisine is mastering selections of fresh ingredients, seasonings, various cooking methods to deliver genuine taste of food that wow your taste buds. I’m no Michelin chef but someone who knows how authentic Chinese cuisine should taste like. Welcome to my dinning table and enjoy the real Chinese food. Bon appétit!