Background: "baozi" is any of several varieties of big, soft steamed buns filled with meat, veg, and seasonings: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baozi
There's a phrase in Mandarin which translates to "hitting a dog with baozi," which is a phrase used to describe someone approaching a problem in the wrong way, so much so that what they're doing is actually detrimental.
If you throw soft, tasty food at a dog because it did something wrong, you're likely to make the problem worse. And you've also deprived yourself of the food.
In English, the only thing I can think of that's sort of close would be "invading Russia in the winter," but I don't think it's quite the same, as it doesn't carry the same "making things worse" connotation.