The bolo bao or pineapple bun is a confusing pastry. Mostly because there’s no pineapple in it at all! The Chinese bakery we get ours from actually specifies this on the sign, probably so that customers don’t complain about the lack of fruit filling. It’s actually called a pineapple bun because the crunchy, yellow topping that sits on each bun kind of, maybe, looks like a pineapple… if you squint.
I love bolo bao – that sweet, dense pastry. My favourite are the ones filled with coconut. So clearly, I made it into an ice cream.