Friday, July 18, 2014

Little Bao

If you want to find unique fusion food in Hong Kong, Little Bao is the place.  (However, Soho is expensive I wouldn't lie!)


Selling what seemed to be traditional Chinese buns (aka Baozi) in a restaurant with a diner setting with English speaking servers & menu is interesting to say the least.  Sometimes I think Soho tries too hard to impress.  Nevertheless, it's an excellent place to bring your foreign / out-of-town friends!  They will feel right at home :)


We order a drink and a couple of dishes to share.  Since there is *No Bao Cutting*, we each ordered a bun for ourselves...

Short-rib Pan-fried Dumpling

Crispy wrapping and flavorful filling
At least you can tell you are eating short-rib right away
Presentation is lovely and an important element for almost all restaurants in Soho
LB Fries

The fries were crispy (McDonald crispy) and the sambal coating
is slight sweet and spicy and very unique! I really enjoyed this one.
"Mac & Cheese"

I can't say I am a big fan of Mac & Cheese
so when they make this mac & cheese with rice cakes
I can't say I love it
However, the creativity element is definitely there
Rice cakes, seriously, who would have thought?

A desparate westerner's last resort on "soul food"
in Hong Kong when all the shops were closed?
The "Chicken" Bao

My friend said she really enjoyed
so I am just taking her word for it :P
The "Pork Belly" Bao

The pork belly is well done,
gelatinous and the acidity from the cole slaw cut the
greasiness of the belly.

This is the ultimate fool-proof combination.
You can't really screw up pork belly, especially in a bun.
I can probably eat 2 or 3 of these.

My own complain... too little / too expensive.

The food is good but to pay close to HK$80 (US$10) for a Chinese bun is just like asking a Mexican to pay US$10 for a taco.  (The buns are really, really small...)  Overpriced if you ask me!  But then again, we are in Soho.

Spending this much for a baozi is ok once in a while, but for my day to day consumption I'd stick to my HK$5.50 for a dried radish bun (菜脯包子) from Tong Kee Bao Dim (唐記包點)... (Yes, I am totally aware that they are not the same and I shouldn't be coming them on par... but I think I am in my anti-SoHo phase lately... LOL...)


I didn't have a chance to try the LB Ice Cream this time as we were full already.  I heard a lot of good things about it.  If I passby again (it's right across from PMQ so the chances of my returning is high), I probably will still want to get one just to taste.

Little Bao
G/F, 66 Staunton Street, Central
Tel: +852 2194 0202
Hours:  Mon-Sat: 18:00-23:00 (Last order) Closed on Sun
No reservations / No Service Charge


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