‘Bao (pronouned “bow”) – delicious fillings cocooned in a warm, fluffy package. They taste great, are low in sugar and easy to eat (look ma, no cutlery)’ – Bao Town
I was invited to the media preview of Bao Town (with thanks to the Bao Town PR team and Lisa). It was an intimate get together to which we were welcomed with StrangeLove’s Ginger Beer (an organic energy drink), a bowl full of white rabbit lollies, wassabi peas and pocky sticks.
Eat all the baos!
Theresa, the bao-ologist and mastermind behind Bao Town, explains that her biggest inspiration comes from her Grandmother and that most of the recipes are family owned and tweaked. The fillings are unique and you definitely won’t see them at your regular yum cha joint. I love how each bao looks slightly different – these are absolutely home made ;)
Miso Egg Plant Bao
Sweet eggplant slow roasted with shiro miso, sake, mirin, sesame seeds and ginger topped with coriander salsa
A flavour combination too hard to go wrong by – delicious!
Coconutty Pork Belly Bao
Pork belly slow cooked for 4 hours in young coconut juice, soy & fish sauce and star anise
Melt in your mouth tender pork belly with the right amount of fat – winning.
Lemon Polenta Bao
A concoction specially created by Theresa for a sweet bao – tangy and zingy polenta filling which was delightful.
Vietnamese Coffee with beautiful layers!
Bao half time break. It’s not quite the traditional ca phe sua da but this was a spin on the classic by a collaboration between both Theresa and the girls at Vella Nero using their coffee blend. I downed two of these babies in no time.
Yellow Chicken Curry Bao
Fragrant chicken curry made with turmeric, curry leaves, fish sauce and coconut cream
A filling that reminded me of ca ri ga (vietnamese chicken curry). Such little filling had the complete flavours as if I were eating a whole bowl of it.
Beef Bo Kho Bao
Traditional beef stew slow cooked in soy sauce, tomato, lemongrass and cinnamon
The flavour of the stewed beef was spot on to the vietnamese classic dish – bo kho – and brought me back to my dad’s version minus the tendons and carrots. This could be the very reason as to why this was my favourite of the 6!
And you can also see just how fluffy the bao is. What’s even better is that it’s not full of sugar like regular baos are!
Molten Chocolate Bao
An original flavoured bao that won the hearts of many, if not all. Filled generously with Marou chocolate, it oozes out like a chocolate river as the bao is torn apart. Oh it was just #amazebaos !!
Huge thanks to all the sponsors!
The first Bao Town Pop Up will be at Vella Nero, 259 Clarence Street, Sydney from 10am to 5pm.
There will also be a one pop up in both November & December