Because errrbody loves a good bao, we’re letting you in on a little secret so your Mondays get a whole lot better. It’s called Monday Bunday, and Sydney bar Daniel San is steaming up their legendarily delicious bao for a mere $3. No queues, just one of the best cheap eats in Sydney and, to top it all off, you get to stuff your face overlooking Manly beach. Yep, it’s a pretty rocking way to start the week.
Unlike most cheap eats in Sydney, these baos have some serious foodie cred. The Berkshire pork baos are a testament to the team in the kitchen, who like to have a little fun with the flavours, but get their serious faces on about quality. The pork is beautifully soft, but it’s the sauce that really takes it over the edge. You’d never expect a cashew-kissed sauce could be so addictive on a pork bao, but seriously, you haven’t lived until you’ve tried one of these things.
The snow crab and avocado bao is a pretty stellar choice to cool down with after your bao horizons have been shifted from your pork experience. It’s also perfectly apt given the scenery out your window. For vegetarians, the spicy tofu and avocado will keep everyone in the group happy. Plus, we love that the tops of these bao come torched so your hands don’t stick to them and remind you how much you’ve eaten (which will probably be somewhere in the realm of not-enough-I-need-more to I’ve-eaten-so-much-I’m-now-90%-bao).
In keeping with the fun mix of east and west, Monday Bunday would also not be complete without the $10 burgers, when you want to upgrade your Monday from bite-sized to stuff-your-face-sized deliciousness. The chicken burger with bacon and smashed avo is particularly Monday-curing, and you may even struggle to finish the chips that come with them!
And while you get a pat on the pack for making everyone’s Monday that much more awesome, we think you deserve a cocktail for your hard-earned find. Hit up the Raspberry Collins for a refreshing little hit of raspberry and citrus to hail in the rest of the week. With one of Sydney’s favourite ferry rides to top off your night (if you’re not a local), this is one bao-stop we’re turning into a weekly ritual.
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Image credit: Federica Portentoso, Daniel San