Perth, go ahead and take a bao because you are truly killing it at Asian street eats! While we don’t like to play favourites with our food, the soft pillowy goodness of a bao bun—filled with crispy, crunchy fillings like fried chicken or soft shell crab—has got to be one of the best things we’ve ever eaten.
Here are Perth’s best bao spots.
Lucky Chan’s Laundry + Noodle Bar
If there’s one thing just about everyone in Perth can agree on, it’s that Lucky Chan’s do a mighty fine bao. They’ve absolutely perfected the soft chewy bao bun and they fill them with crunchy deliciousness like coconut curry cauliflower, karaage chicken and pulled pork. They also do a reuben bao. Yum.
What The Bao
Fremantle & Perth CBD
Unsurprisingly, What The Bao dish out some of Perth’s best bao. From Japanese panko chicken to soft shell crab and a delish duck option, these are easily one of our top picks when wandering around the Freo markets.
Miss Chow’s might call them snacks on their menu but you know as well as I do that these are bao and they are bloody good. Our pick is the duck, but the chicken and tofu are also delish!
Next time you go to Dainty Dowager make sure you get the roast duck bao, you will not be disappointed! You should also get a cocktail or two, just saying.
The Ramen Lab
The Ramen Lab do good ramen—clearly—but they do some pretty fine bao too. Soft pillowy goodness filled with sous vide chashu pork and spicy aioli, you’d be crazy not to get a side of these next time you’re in need of some ramen.
Old Lane Street Eats
If you haven’t been to Old Lane Street Eats yet, then stop what you’re doing and go there right now. Then go straight to the baos and buns section of the menu and get the marmite chicken bao and the roti John. Your life will never be the same again.
The Guildford Hotel
Whether you’re after southern fried chicken, pork belly or a vego option, The Guildford has you covered when you’ve got a hankering for a bao bun.
Sweetwater Rooftop Bar
As part of their yum cha menu on Sundays, Sweetwater does an Asian mushroom san choi bao with iceberg, bean shoots and herbs … so you know where you’ll find us every Sunday for the rest of time.
T Sisters Fresh Food
With three generations of family recipes to share, T Sisters Fresh Food dish up authentic bao, dumplings, satay and all sorts of one-handed delicious eats. They pop up all over the place so check out their Facebook page to find out where to get your fix.
Tiger Bao makes every meal fresh, so the only thing you have to worry about is choosing from their special handmade Taiwanese bao menu—pork, chicken or eggplant (a vegan option, huzzuh!) But it doesn't stop there—you can also get a cheeseburger bao, $12 jugs and a side of sweet potato fries.
From baoger's to baowiches, Sixty Grams has it all. You can choose from The O.G baoger with grilled beef patty, cheese and chipotle mayo or the JFC baowhich with chicken karaage, fried shallot and sirracha mayo, but the one we're most excited about is the GILA—sweet and spicy marinated chicken coated in Mi Goreng! OMG!
Once you've worked your way through this list, you'd better check out Perth's Best Dumplings.
Tiger Bao | Image credit: Louise Coghill