We only know the siopao, siomai, and those streotypical Chinese dishes copied by lots of restaurants in Metro Manila. However, we don't usually hear of the Bao. Fortunately, the owners of Bao on the Block seek to introduce Bao to the general public. Bao is actually steamed or fried dough that is usually filled with meat. Traditionally it is mixed with asado sauce. However, the owners thought of different toppings that can be used with this lesser known Chinese snack.
The dishes are usually composed of steamed dough topped with a variety of viands. The pictures below will show you their delectable selection.
Botb classic. This dish is a combination of fried pork, hoisin sauce, and nuts. The hoisin sauce and pork make a wonderful combination that is sure to whet someone's appetite.
The chicken chop rice bowl is for those who prefer rice over the bao. It is composed of deep fried chicken with fried wanton wrappers and fresh vegetables.
The customary pork siomai at Php 85 for 8 pieces. It is a good accompaniment to the bao dishes.
Dragon Bao Z. This spicy offering has a lot of kimchi, pork, and spring onion relish. This is perfect for those who want a lot of spice in their meal.
The stylish wall deco.
Chicken Teriyaki Rice Bowl. This has special teriyaki sauce. I find this one better than the ordinary chicken chop due to the sweet teriyaki sauce. It still comes with the standard vegetables and chips.
The customary sharksfin siomai. The fish based version is as good as the pork siomai.
Fish Bao with You. For those who have no inclination to eat pork or chicken, the fish version is for you. This is composed of fried fish, wasabi, mayo, and nori. The inclusion of wasabi might be a bit extreme for those who don't want spicy, but the taste is agreeable nonetheless.
The Bao selections. All come with fried wanton wrapper chips. It costs 89 Php for 1 pc., Php 159 for 2 pieces, and 379 for 5 pieces.
Back to the Baosics. This one is a chicken based alternative to the Botb classic. I prefer the pork based one; but this is still good. It has lots of coleslaw, though.
To cap it off, we had a bottle of China's most popular beer, Tsingtao. At 120 per bottle, this is actually good for two people. Way to end the night!
Bao on the Block truly satisfied my curiosity as to what could be done with the traditional Bao. It truly has gone a long way from the typical ones I used to eat at restos.
Bao on the Block is located at 52 Sgt. Esguerra St., Scout Triangle, Quezon City.