Monday, 20 April 2015

MILF 4 (My Incredible London Food List): BAO (Review)

Hello! I've been eating out more than usual these days, this summer being my last here in London. So this week's food exploration brought us to BAO, a recently opened Taiwanese food joint in Soho that specialises in oriental steamed buns.

 

53 Lexington St Soho
W1F 9AS
Mo-Sat 12-3, 5.30-10

Classic Bao and Taiwanese Fried Chicken
This bao was my favourite of all that I tried. Juicy braised pork contrasted with the tartness of coriander. Very authentic I must say, reminds me of the baos I could have gotten back in Singapore. And who can say no to Taiwanese Fried Chicken, or any fried chicken for that matter... Be warned that the hot sauce is quite spicy though.

Fried Chicken Bao
This was more like a burger than a bao... The buns are really soft and pillow-y though. I think this one was infused with black sesame but the flavour wasn't particularly strong.

Sweet Potato Fries
I love sweet potato fries, and I especially love the Taiwanese version where they sprinkle plum salt over the fries. Sounds weird but the sour-ness plays very well with the sweetness of the fries. The batter they used was crispy and almost tempura-like. #yum

 
The prices here are not too unreasonable. My favourite bao (the classic one) is actually the cheapest at only £3.50!!! Very value for money I think. I wish they increased the portions of the sides though - there weren't enough fried chicken pieces nor fries to share among three of us haha.

Satisfied faces
Verdict? Not too bad. I'm heading back to Singapore aka Asian Food Paradise soon so I probably won't revisit BAO, but if you're craving some authentic Taiwanese food and pillowy soft steamed buns, I would recommend this in a heartbeat. I love how there are so many food choices in London!! #eatsleeprepeat

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