Steaming Baos Using An Iron In The Hotel Room Is The Travel Hack Every Asian Needs

Asian Family Steams Baos Using An Iron In A Hotel Room

We’ve all been there before – stuck in a hotel room in a foreign country, no comfort food nearby and no kitchen to cook up a meal to cure our homesickness.

But we’re also Asian and innovative, like this hungry family who simply wanted some piping hot baos as seen on private Facebook group Subtle Asian Traits.


If you thought there’s no other way to be cheapo on a holiday, you’re in for some steamy secrets.

More than just a clothes iron

Since you’re already cutting down costs by booking a room for 2 for your family of 4, you can expect the hotel to provide you with only the most basic necessities.

But a kettle to cook your Maggi mee may not be enough to satisfy your cravings for a warm and satisfying instant meal.

If white people can make grilled cheese sandwiches with a clothes iron, who’s to say we can’t do the same for our Asian buns?


After all, we’re the geniuses behind reusing ice cream containers to store leftover food.


With an iron, some aluminium foil and damp towels, you can bring the slightly atas Din Tai Fung (DTF) down to frugal.

The post by Angelica Sacrepaye on Facebook page Subtle Asian Traits didn’t come with a step-by-step guide, but it doesn’t take a genius to figure it out.


How to cook baos in a hotel room

Here’s the process from our understanding of the pictures, though you’re free to interpret them for yourselves:

  1. Put a layer of aluminium foil over the hot side of the clothes iron.
  2. Place a damp towel over to trap all the hot air in to cook your baos.


By now you’re probably wondering where the hell those baos came from.

Ask your mum – we’re sure she has some in her suspiciously heavy luggage.

Featured images adapted from Facebook and Facebook.

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