What’s it all a-bao-t?
We thought we’d keep up the punnage that this little Taiwanese fast food eatery already has going for it. Bao Wow specialises in the much loved street food of steamed bun sandwiches or gua bao from Taiwan.
How bao-t it?
Well, we loved the original gua bao ($58) with a good fatty piece of juicy pork belly sandwiched into a simple white bao and doused with coriander and crushed peanuts. The kimchi bulgogi bao was also tasty and had a healthy feel to it with the bean sprouts mixed in, especially when paired with the innovative taro fries with a very moreish dipping sauce. The fish bao was a bit bland and the pork bao a bit dry. The kimchilli cheese fries ($48) didn’t taste much of anything and definitely didn’t have the chilli kick we were hoping for so they just didn’t feel worth the calories. Ditto the desserts, the ice cream baowich ($38) or the bao fries ($28), which both sounded so promising, just didn’t deliver on the flavour scale. The baos are all customisable with your choice of vegetables and are served in traditional bamboo steamers.
Kimchilli cheese fries
The place: We loved the simple décor and retro American diner-style signage. Charging points at each seat are a thoughtful bonus and although Bao Wow is small, it didn’t feel cramped. They have also included a selection of craft and Asian beers on their menu as well as plum wine and sake.
Verdict: Stick with the original gua bao and if you’re still hungry, split some taro fries. The Apple Sidra from Taiwan is also a nice alternative to regular soft drinks.
Bao Wow, 28 Tai Wong Street East, Wanchai