Folding bao looks complicated but really you just need to practice a few times and you’ll get the hang of it. Of course you don’t have to fold bao this way; you can just pinch the dough together tat the top and the bao will still turn out delicious. This method is just for aesthetics. When I learned how to fold bao, I just watched a lot of videos and practiced a few times. So here’s how to fold bao – watch a few times, practice a few times and before you know it you too can make beautiful pleated bao.