Taiwanese Food at Bao


I’m eating around the world without leaving London and this week I had Taiwanese food at Bao in Soho.
This small Asian eatery in the heart of the West-end has proven so popular, that it’s become one of those places where you have to queue to get in. Not my favourite way of dining, that’s for sure, but for this place I was willing to make an effort.

Taiwanese Food at Bao


We headed there early, so when we got there at 6pm, we were the second party in the queue. Unfortunately it had started to rain, so we huddled under one tiny umbrella, while sipping on some Taiwan Gold Medal beers that the host had gotten for us inside. We didn’t wait all that long though and after maybe 15 minutes we were seated at the bar side tables.


Taiwanese Food at Bao

We were handed a menu and a pencil which was needed to cross off the dishes we wanted to order. There was so much to choose from nine starter-like xiao chi, “suitable for sharing”, six gua bao (steamed white buns, filled with various things) and four sides

Taiwanese Food at Bao

We started with some pickled veggies, which I could’ve done without in hindsight. I normally love a good pickled cucumber or onion, but these were just nothing to write home about. We also shared Taiwanese fried chicken wings, which were much more to my liking. I loved the smoky aubergine with wonton crips; it was just like a little flavour party on my tongue.

Taiwanese Food at Bao

We also ordered three baos; the chicken, pork and the classic bao. The buns were light and fluffy, but it was still hard to cut them into two with only a chopstick at hand. The pork bun was filled with juicy, strings of pulled pork, mixed with a sticky sauce and some shallots.

Taiwanese Food at Bao

The chicken bun looked little bit different from the standard white fluffy boas. Filled with fried chicken, this bao is a sesame bun had a brownish colour, which seemed slightly less appealing at first, but we soon changed our minds about that after our first bite. The tender chicken chunks were lying in a bed of sichuan mayo and were topped with tangy kimchi, which was a heavenly combo.

Taiwanese Food at Bao

My favourite was the classic Bao, also filled with shreds of pork, this version contained some coriander, some other greens and was sprinkled with ground peanuts.

I would've gone for the Horlicks ice-cream filled bao if I hadn't been so full, so I settled for a bit of Ancient Mountain sake and my friend for a glass of Taiwanese whiskey.

I loved the food at Bao and the service couldn't be better. It's just a shame about the queuing, but it seems that that is the trend in London these days.

Hungry for baos? Check out their website here.



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Comments

  1. Ahhh I cannot believe I still haven't made it to Bao - desperate to go, and glad you approved! Lots of love, Andrea xxx

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    1. I loved, loved, loved it. They were very yummy and moorish.

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  2. Oh, those deep fried chicken were the best! Have you been to Old Bee Daiwan Tree in Soho? They do a very good salt and pepper chicken too!

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    1. Oh no I have not. It sounds like I will have to go an try that place as well.

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  3. Ooo i really want to try this place - have heard so much about it!

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  4. I know nothing about Taiwanese food so will be off to Bao - great food photos too!

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  5. OMG now I am starving! I wish I could go here looks amazing!

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  6. I've been wanting to try this place for ages Jaklien and ironically when I finally turned up to try, o ended up picking a day when it was closed! I'm so glad to hear that the food is worth the wait though!

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    1. Oh what a shame. I totally suggest you try again though. I loved it.

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