Best Bao In Town

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The song “If loving you is wrong, I don’t want to be right” by Luther Ingram has resonated through the history of music. The title has also become part of our lexicon. It’s a simple way of saying, I need you, I want you, I must have you in my life no matter what the cost.

Well, last night after having some craft beers @citybeerstore with my friends @nicknowhere, @paolawitt, and @winguero, we had noticed that the Chairman Bao Truck was across the street at Bloodhound serving up a happy hour assortment of baos. We had never had them before last night…and this morning, I shared Luther Ingram’s sentiment.

Let me just describe it in this way.

My wife and I ordered 4 baos (Duck Confit, Pork Belly, Red Sesame Chicken, Lions Head MeatBall). Of course this was the only way to try them, right? Right. Each bao has its own distinct assortment of flavors/sauce and added textures/ingredients such as pickled daikon, scallion and bok choy, kim chee, and fresh mango salad. @nicknowhere ordered the duck confit steamed bao and with @girljo, echoed our sentiments.

The choice of buns include a baked bao bun or steamed bao. The latter is more of a soft, steamed taco then the Dim Sum baked pork buns. As a refresher, these tacos are usually what comes with the Peking duck at Chinese restaurants (add duck skin, hoisin, fresh cut green onions, scallions). A baked bao bun however comes with a generous helping of your choice of meats and the size of it is very similar to a 4505 special sando or burger (I’d argue that the amount of flavor is spot on and comparable to 4505 Meats@ the ferry building on Thursdays).

After three craft beers and an empty stomach, this was a choice way of satisfying our hunger. Each one of these baos were enjoyed thoroughly and with great pleasure as we examined the texture, the spices, the sweet and hot sauces, the well seasoned meats, and the overall juiciness of the entire bao. We actually had to pull over and devour the rest.

This is definitely recommended to try and become a fan of, because for the price (baked @ $5.75 & steamed @ $2.95), these sizable portions of buns are well worth the journey to find the Chairman’s Truck. They do accept cash and/or Visa/Mastercard now.

And if you happen to be in the area of Bloodhound on Wednesday during their happy hour time, stop by there or City Beer Store for some great craft beer (both located on Folsom & between 7th/8th)…and of course, the Chairman’s buns (pictures).


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Written by F&W

September 23, 2010 at 8:01 pm

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