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BAO, London

I am Gua Bao crazy.

Crazy for Taiwanese steamed buns.

Soft, fluffy buns filled with mouthwatering ingredients.

This is BAO.

While in London last year, I made a beeline for BAO, an upmarket Taiwanese eatery located in the Soho area.

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The restaurant is small, yet cosy and staff are friendly and efficient. BAO doesn’t take bookings, instead you have to wait in line… at a designated spot across the street, in front of a man eating bao. (Laughs).

When I arrived for lunch on a weekday, the place was packed. Luckily, the service is quick (without the feeling of being rushed), so I ended up waiting in line for only 10 minutes.

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But, waiting in line for their bao is worth it.

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Their menu is simple. It consists of Taiwanese small plates – 9 dishes, 5 bao, 4 sides and one dessert bao. When ordering, you simply tick the box next to the dish you want and then hand it over to the wait staff.

While I wanted to order all 19 dishes, I only ordered three – the Classic Pork Bao and Taiwanese fried chicken, and for dessert, the Fried Horlicks Ice Cream Bao.

The Classic Pork Bao was perfect – a fluffy pillow-like bun of goodness, filled with pulled pork, fermented peanut powder and coriander. Melt in your mouth!

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The Taiwanese Fried Chicken with hot sauce was also very good – finger licking good. Crispy on the outside, tender on the inside.

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Taiwanese Fried Chicken

But my favourite dish was definitely the Fried Horlicks Ice Cream Bao – a must order when dining at BAO. It is a scoop of creamy malt ice cream between two sweet buns. Simple, but done well. Plus, it looks super cute!

As of last year, I had not seen a dessert bao on an Auckland menu. Now you can get them at Auckland eatery Po’Brothers. Yay!

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Fried Horlicks Ice Cream Bao

BAO is the creme de la creme of bao. I would highly recommend eating here if you are in London. I cannot wait to go back, just so I can try more of BAO’s creations!

BAO

Open Monday to Sunday, various times (check their website for times)
Address 53 Lexington St, Carnaby, London
Notes No reservations
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4 Comments

  1. paul says

    OMG Georgie – can you take me back there! It’s your destiny! Fried Horlicks??!!

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