Since creating our If not Bao design (see what we did there?), we’ve become just a little bit more obsessed with the humble bao. Our biggest dilemma is often whether to go sweet or savoury…? Here’s our rundown of our top bao destinations in London.
On The Bab
If you’re looking to get a quick bao fix, On the Bab’s has a tempting menu with many a delectable Korean treat. There are a selection of traditional Korean ‘anju’ style options, which is the term used for food consumed with alcohol. On the Bab is soon to open two more venues across London too – we are keeping our eyes peeled.
Even the name of this little Bao establishment draws us in. Simple stands serve up delicious bao buns, including pork, chicken, tofu, mushroom at their Spitalfield branch. Today Yum Bun has permanent residencies all over the capital including the Seven Dials street food market.
Daddy Bao has its base in south London. It has a beautifully crafted bao menu (plus other treats like house pickles), including meat and vegetarian options – plus some can be made vegan too. It is the place to go for the fluffiest of buns. We’re not the only ones to rate them highly – accolades for this establishment fly in!
BAO’s food is inspired by travel and culture in Asia. All of their bao buns are handmade in their bakery on the first floor of their Fitz venue but there are beautiful venues across London to visit. BAO takes its inspiration from Taiwanese cooking and indeed we do feel inspired when visiting Café BAO (which is actually quite often, given its close proximity to the home of our market stall in Coal Drops Yard, Kings Cross!).
Yuu Kitchen has quite the bao offering, ranging from buttermilk crispy chicken to panko jackfruit. And who knew you could get dessert baos? Try the delectable ice cream bao! This bao restaurant is inspired by the flavours of south-east Asia and the Pacific rim, as well as Filipino cuisine given its owners heritage.