IIRC i think i posted something in another thread, supporting my premise, to which i received no response. the short version: “bao” is as much if not more about what’s inside:
CNY lucky money ‘hong bao’ the container/packet/envelope is red, but it’s about the present inside.
pericardium ‘xin bao’ the membrane enclosing the heart
people are allowed to maintain their personal convictions, i am just saying that there’s enough factual evidence to support my claim.
actually, the other reason i voted dumplings is that i’m hoping someone will discover a source for pierogis other than polka in the southland. i surely do miss a plate of pierogis sauteed in butter with onions and served with sour cream on the side. though i’d accept a fusion using lebneh cheese in place of sour cream.