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— by Tautvile Daugelaite: “Oh, so you also eat mantou?” asks my neighbor with raised eyebrows, after hearing about my hunt for the best local steamed buns in Beijing.

When trying to illustrate the gap in tastes between locals and non-locals in China’s capital, look no further than the demand for mantou (馒头). This plain steamed bun is hardly the hottest item on a visiting foodie’s list, but locals will line up for prominent mantou shops sometimes for hours…

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