Bao Boy is the edgy new joint that places an Asian spin on burgers with its deliciously messy buns


From the artistic thoughts of chef Andrew Walsh (of Remedy and Butcher Boy) comes a hip new idea completely different from the opposite two Keong Saik Street stalwarts. A twist on the burger craze, Bao Boy is the results of Walsh’s experimentation with bao sandwiches at Butcher Boy, which apparently turned out to be a rousing success.

In order that brings us right here, to a tiny 29-seater cramped into Hong Kong Avenue. It’s a hole-in-the-wall sort place, with simply 15 bar stools indoors, the place concrete partitions function a neon #IncrediBao signal and a mural collage painted by a neighborhood artist. Titled “Nice Leap,” the portray takes inspiration from its neighbors, with a group of visible components surrounding its feminine revolutionary protagonist.

Photographs: Coconuts Media

As the old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll bangers blare from the audio system, you’ll settle into your seat and really feel like you might be there all night time, simply sipping on cocktails and chowing down on baos. It’s that form of informal, no-frills joint that’s simply the correct amount of cool for a Friday night time hold, but there’s no stress to get all dressed up and be in your greatest conduct.

Actually, you’ll be getting your arms soiled as you dig into the pillowy steamed buns. Overlook cutlery; the bao burgers are generously stuffed and style greatest after they’re fortunately crammed into your mouth. To maintain every creation intact, the eatery even insists that “No Bao Reducing” is allowed, so that you’ll must get on board with the communal expertise and share a few plates.

Salmon tartare nachos. Photograph: Coconuts Media

On the compact menu, snacks like salmon tartare nachos with dollops of wasabi avocado ($12) elevate the bar bites part. As a result of who wants minced meat when you may have contemporary chunks of salmon crowning these crisp discs?

Beef brief rib. Photograph: Bao Boy

The meat brief rib, a nod to Korean bossam (pork wrapped in cabbage) that comes with rice and lettuce ($26) hits the spot too, with spicy gochujang and ginger and scallion dips to enhance the juicy, flavorful meat. Simply don’t go overboard with the rice, otherwise you gained’t have the ability to make area for the chilli crab mac and cheese ($16), a creamy plate of pasta that’s been given a spicy kick. You’ll wanna share this, although — an excessive amount of of it could possibly get overwhelmingly wealthy actual fast.

Chilli crab mac and cheese. Photograph: Bao Boy

All of it’s good things, however what actually shines are the baos, executed up right here in kong bak bao (Chinese language braised pork bun) model.

The meat satay one ($14) is full of tender slices of meat dripping with the acquainted flavors of peanut sauce, and goes down simply, very similar to inhaling a burger model of everybody’s favourite road skewers. The lamb model ($14), sandwiching breaded lamb terrine and a splash of Korean scorching sauce, delivers a pleasant crunch with every chew, with zesty pickles to chop by way of the spice.

The assortment of baos. Photograph: Coconuts Media

Placing a spin on the Vietnamese basic, the pulled pork banh mi bao ($14) makes use of a plump slab of Iberico pork jowl and pairs it with liver parfait and sriracha for that wealthy, fatty chew tempered by tangy purple cabbage strips.

Pulled pork banh mi bao. Photograph: Bao Boy

Nevertheless, the fried rooster and cheese bao ($14), though mentioned to be a well-liked favourite at Butcher Boy, is a little bit of a letdown. Perhaps it’s simply us, however what may’ve been beautiful buttermilk fried rooster complemented by citrusy yuzu kosho finally ends up a tad overpowered by the cheese.

Fried peanut buter and jelly bao. Photograph: Coconuts Media

In case you’re not able to bao out of the meal simply but, there’s a dessert choice ready for you. The one candy merchandise on the menu, this one’s a smaller, fried bun with jelly drizzled on a peanut butter parfait heart that’s topped with peanuts for crunch. The parfait is easy and simple on the peanut butter, so it gained’t sit too heavy in your abdomen. Simply as gloriously messy as its savory sisters, it’s a becoming finish to your time at Bao Boy.

Since you may’t have burger-like baos and not using a cocktail in hand, flick through the drinks menu for Asian-esque cocktails ($15) such because the Fash N Sprint (bourbon, soy syrup, bitters), Ryokucha (roasted inexperienced tea gin, vermouth, campari), and Chai Masala Tini (masala Earl Gray gin, milk, cinnamon, maple). Beers, sakes, and wines of the pure, biodynamic, and natural selection can be found as effectively.


Bao Boy is at 31 Hong Kong St. 

6226-1395. Tues-Sat 5pm-midnight.
MRT: Clarke Quay/Raffles Place

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