Popular in East Asian cuisines and particularly in China, the baozi, or bao, is a delightfully fluffy steamed bun prepared in a variety of ways, each encompassing its own flavour and shape. Often stuffed with chicken, pork, vegetables or even sweet custards, these heavenly, plump balls of deliciousness make for the perfect snack any time of the day.
Whether you're grabbing one for a breakfast on-the-go or coupling them with a delectable meal for dinner, these little guys are as filling as they are tasty. Take a look at the most interesting bao dishes across Ireland you can order today, and get to munching!
1. Buttermilk Chicken Steamed Bao
This spot ditches the dumpling and opts for the trendy "wrap" version of bao: a steamed slice of steamy goodness is folded into a taco shape and filled with delicious ingredients. If the name wasn't enough to get you drooling, everything else about the Buttermilk Chicken Steamed Bao surely will. Buttermilk chicken is divine enough on its own, but when surrounded by a delicately steamed bao, even the pickiest of eaters will be head-over-heels. Chameleon Restaurant serves a bao sandwich stuffed to the brim with these golden crunchy delights. Tender pieces of chicken seasoned with paprika, cayenne, thyme and traditional spices are marinated in buttermilk and fried to a golden crisp. Garnished with a fresh Asian slaw and topped off with a hypnotic Sriracha mayonnaise sauce, these four simple ingredients are guaranteed to blow your mind when combined!
2. Toons Bridge Halumi Bao
Looking for a bao that's veggie-friendly with just as much character and flavour as its meaty counterparts? Bao is actually a vegetarian's best friend - vegetable-packed bao are available all over Ireland and are guaranteed to provide everything you need for the full bao experience. The Toons Bridge Halumi Bao over at Bao Boi features a steamed airy bao stuffed with mouth-watering kimchi, tomato, sriracha and locally-made Toons Bridge halloumi cheese. This refreshing mix of flavours is sure to please meat-eaters and vegetarians alike!
3. Char Sui Pork Bao
No one can deny that freshly barbecued pork has an instant mouth-watering quality to it. Taking it a step further, Mak puts its own twist on the classic bao and morphs the dumplings into an iconic sandwich you won't be able to resist, topped with lettuce. This popular spot creates a bao fit for a king. You won't be able to stop yourself at just one, so they give you two of these glorious delights just oozing with flavour. Once you get the first taste of this heavenly combination, you'll be adding it to your list of favourites right away!
4. Shiu Loon Bao
For all you seafood lovers out there, Orchid presents the Shiu Loon Bao: delicate dumplings packed generously with a surf-and-turf combo of steamed crab meat and pork filling. The unique combination of crab and pork brings a delightfully savoury palate to your fluffy bao, and the Chinese vinegar and chilli sauce dip that accompanies each dish only promises an even deeper sensory experience. If you're looking to get even more adventurous with your bao, look no further than this hotspot!
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