Sydney, it’s time to take a bao. There’s nothing short of an Asian street food epidemic happening on Sydney’s streets and it’s safe to say, that we are all infected.
Here’s 8 of Sydney’s best bao spots to keep your bellies happy.
Gua Baos – the fusion of Vietnamese and Japanese cuisine with a Taiwanese street food twist. Pretty much a combination of everything delicious. Mr Bao’s gourmet, pillow-soft steamed fluffy buns will make your mouth water as your palate experiences a taste of contemporary Asian flavours. Start off with some spicy edamame beans then choose your bao filling, Mr Bao’s crackling pork belly bao is our go to and if you’re craving a little something else, treat yourself to a mini crispy bao with yuzu custard, it’s Bao-tifully sweet.
This is street food done differently. Located within Plan B Small Club, Belly Bao boasts a delicious menu of handmade steamed buns with an array of fillings. Enjoy a bao or two then wash it down with a beer and try your hand at trivia. These guys also have some specials like their baoger Thursday’s, which let’s face it, you wanna get to on the weekly.
One Tea Lounge
Finally a super food inspired menu we can relate to. Baogers and cocktails high in antioxidants, must be good for us, right? With the green tea fad of matcha taking over Sydney’s health food cafes, sometimes it’s hard to remember where it actually came from. One Tea Lounge gives you that real Japanese green tea hit with the matcha baoger, and if you’re really keen, perhaps get a side of fries, they’re matcha of course.
All the way from Penang, Lucky Suzie is bringing hawker style street eats and flavours to our very own Sydney. Enjoy a long lunch, or cheeky dinner, in this chic new establishment. Hungry? The longevity bao filled with crispy soft shell crab has your name, and soon to be hands, all over it. Thirsty? Well Suzie has you sorted, fusing Malaysian flavours with classic cocktails means you’re bound to discover a drink that is SO you. It’s time to get lucky with Suzie.
Stop right bao. The Night Noodle Markets are back and that means Bao Stop. The line will be worth the wait when you’re sitting on the grassy knoll with Bao Stop’s famous Duck Fries and Trifecta of Baos arranging the perfect insta pic, the sun will be setting so #nofilter needed. There is nothing better than eating authentic street food- on the street.
Baodao Taiwanese Kitchen
Embracing the traditional Taiwanese style, Baodao, known as Treasure Island in mandarin, is an institution decorated with colourful walls and lanterns. Their pork belly gwa bao is only $4.50 and looks scrumptious, we need that in our bellies ASAP. In addition word around town is their pork belly buns are some of the best in Sydney. We think it’s time for an adventure to Treasure Island.
Hong Kong Diner
Amongst Spice Alley’s courtyard lies Hong Kong Diner, their hawker style food menu is busting with fragrant flavours straight from the Asian metropolis. The amount of delicious items to choose from can be overwhelming, but don’t stress, we’ve come up with a solution to ensure you don’t miss out. Sit amongst the red lanterns and enjoy a Laneway Yum Cha, then you’ll get to taste a bit of everything, #nailedit.
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Image Credit: Jackielyn Powell at Mr Bao