I've hinted at my love for my grandpa's 包子(bao zi) many times before, both online and in front of my family. And as our departure day got closer, my grandpa decided to give in to my not-so-subtle hints and make them for us. 包子 are filled buns, a Chinese specialty that take far more time and labor than other dishes. The process starts with making and kneading the dough. As the dough rises, my grandparents make the filling: usually a pork and veggie combination, but for me, an egg and green bean scramble. When the dough is ready, it takes a few hours to make the actual 包子--and this is the hardest and most time consuming part. There is a certain craftsmanship to making 包子 both aesthetically pleasing and abundant with filling, and I have yet to master the skills.