I feel ashamed to think that I spent all this time ("all this" = a bunch of years) exploring the vast world of Chinese bakeries and never knowing that the so called pineapple bun, or bolo bao, doesn't actually contain any pineapple—it derives its name from the pineapple-like appearance of its crackly domed surface. Oh. Ohh...kay. As I mentioned in today's Sugar Rush, I find that the pineapple comparison can sometimes be weaksauce (I'm not sure if "weaksauce" is a Serious Eats-approved term), but I guess it's more unique than "plain sweet bun," which may or may not look like a pineapple.
I've definitely eaten one before, unaware that there was a name for this fluffy, mildly chewilicious and sweet bun that would propel its outer crust bits all over your face, clothing, and maybe your hair. It's not my favorite kind of bun—I prefer the heavier red bean-filled and cream-filled varieties—but it's Michele's favorite, so for her last day as an in-office intern for Serious Eats, I got her some pineapple buns. (Actually, Lee Anne got them for me to give to Michele so I wouldn't have to wake up an hour earlier to get them before work, but...too much explaining. In conclusion, thank you, Lee Anne!)
I have a habit of picking out certain phrases I like and turning them into domain names. For fun. My life is non-stop excitement and debauchery. Yeah. Yesterday, for example, I lifted gentlysquish.com from the last step in Michelle's pork belly sandwich recipe. Here's a snippet of a conversation I had with Michele on AIM today regarding another domain name possibility, post-bolo bao comsumption.
Me: bolobaodandruff...dot com.
soft porn site
featuring pretty girls covered in bolo bao dandruff
Me: ..wow that was..so..not what I had in mind.
..do I even wanna know what gentlysquish.com would have
Michele: it's the interwebs
same girls, but being gently squished
Me: ah. (nods slowly)
So someone out there should name their food blog bolobaodandruff.com and another should go with gentlysquish.com. Is all I'm saying.
Now I will go back to blowing my nose and shivering.