travels: little bao, hong kong

When I was checking on where to go in Hong Kong, I came across this restaurant with a huge following in Hong Kong. There were nothing but good reviews about them. I knew I got to be there.

Located at the quiet end of  Staunton Street in Central is where you’ll find Little Bao, a tiny restaurant with a maximum capacity of 20 pax (?). I met the hubs at the restaurant around 615pm and there was already a queue outside with the restaurant filled to capacity. The lady owner took our name and offered to call when our table is ready.

We went back an hour later and after a 10 minutes wait, we were given a seat at a long table facing the wall. The husband was not very keen eating facing a wall and thus we requested for the counter seat. Another 30 minutes wait.

Finally, after close to 2 hours, we got a seat! Phew!!

We kinda know what we wanted to order and we wasted no time.

We started off with a cocktail each.

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Gin & Juice-cucumber, gin, lime, ginger, for me and Yuzu Leaf-bourbon, yuzu, maple, lemon, for the hubs. The gin & juice was light and refreshing and the yuzu leaf packed a heavier punch. Both were equally good.

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Brussel Sprouts-roasted brussel sprouts with fish sauce caramel, chili, lime and fried shallots. So simple and flavourful. We really enjoyed this dish. One of the best dish of the night.

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Short-Rib Pan-Fried Dumplings-slow-braised organic OBE beef short-rib, celeriac coleslaw. The staff suggested that we have both the dumpling and celeriac coleslaw together with a bit of hot sauce in one bite. Pairing the dumpling and celeriac together elevates both the flavour which is seemingly normal on its own.

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K-wings-deep fried wings with gochujang and fermented beancurd. One of the special for the night. The wings were deep fried to perfection, crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. I enjoyed this dish but the hubs thought it was so-so.

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Orange Chicken-fried running chicken, salty egg yolk, honey glaze, orange zest. We didn’t quite enjoy this as much as the others. The flavours were quite mild and we could hardly taste the salted egg. Quite a let down.

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Pork Belly Baoslow-braised pork belly bao, leek & shiso red onion salad, sesame dressing, hoisin ketchup. This is really worth the hype. All the ingredients complemented each other forming a well balanced, exquisite flavours in the mouth. 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAChicken Bao-fresh running chicken, black vinegar glaze, Szechuan mayo, napa cabbage coleslaw. This was also delightful. Juicy, succulent chicken with a spicy kick from the Szechuan mayo. 

PicMonkey Collage.jpgSitting at the counter allows us to watch how our food was prepared. For someone who loves cooking, this is really enjoyable.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALB Ice Cream Sandwich-deep fried bao, green tea ice cream, condensed milk. I was very tempted to order a few of these if not for the long waiting time. So much win to end the meal with this. SO GOOD!

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Salt Ice Cream-deep fried bao, salt ice cream, caramel. An interesting combination of sweet and salty. The hubs preferred this but for me the green tea one takes the cake.

Simple and high quality food. You may not like the long wait and the price tag but we thoroughly enjoyed our meal here. One of the best meal we had in Hong Kong.

Little Bao
G/F 66 Staunton Street
Central, Hong Kong
Mon to Sat: 1800-2300
Closed on Sunday

 

 

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