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Hong Kong’s culinary scene is constantly evolving with new restaurants and eateries that continue to fascinate me with their edgy and unique concepts. Little Bao was an accidental find whilst on my bachelorette trip with my girlfriends. As the name would suggest – Little Bao is a Bao joint. All sorts of baos from sweet to savory.
Little Bao is located on Hong Kong island in one of the hippest areas, near Sheung Wan. It has an open kitchen concept with the chefs whipping up amazing food right in front of you, whilst you sit at a bar counter.
The staff are friendly and enthusiastic, which gives the restaurant a very uplifting and inviting vibe. They don’t take reservations, which is a pain in my opinion, but even so, being a Friday night we expected to have to wait. What we did not expect were the complimentary cocktails we received whilst waiting. Definitely a good start.
OK – now the food. Little Bao is known for their pork belly baos (HK$78), which are juicy pork belly slices, sandwiched between little bao buns with shiso leek salad, sesame dressing and hoisin ketchup. Although I am not a fan of pork belly, this was delightful. Partay in ma bellay! My other fav was the fish tempura bao (HK$78). The fish bao is seasoned with a tamarind palm sugar glaze and a pickled lemongrass fennel salad.
This version of mini ‘Asian Burgers’ are an explosion in the mouth – in a good way. They don’t encourage sharing or cutting of buns into pieces as they are small and each person can easily eat 3-4 of them. It was definitely messy with the delicious sauce flowing everywhere. But it was so good in a grubby kind of way, you’ll remember my words while licking your plate.
For sides, Id recommend the LB fries with roasted tomato sambal, kewpie mayo and cilantro (HK$68) and the Mac & Cheese rolls with a mentaiko cheese sauce (HK$128).
Lets dive into dessert. Their Ice Cream Baos (HK$48) are everything. You’ve got a choice between a green tea flavour or a salted caramel flavour. They come with either green tea or salted caramel ice cream sandwiched between two deep fried baos and drizzled with condensed milk. Literally cant stop thinking about this.
Address: G/F, 66, Staunton Street, Central, Hong Kong (Nearest Station: Sheung Wan) | Tel: +852 21940202 (No Reservations) |
Opening Hours: 6-11pm from Mon-Sat, Closed on Sun