Bao & Bing is a modern take on Taiwanese street food inspired by Night Street Markets of Taipei and Jiufen. It is a living ethos to embrace the hustle and distraction of one’s every day’s life. The design takes you all the way back to the 50’s and 60’s Teahouses of Xinyi District where people socialised and enjoyed time together, with a touch of today's Taiwan.
Gua Bao – also called Hu Yao Ju, or tiger bite pig, as it looks like the jaws of a tiger biting into a pig. It’s white fluffy clam-shaped steamed buns sandwiches a hearty filling, creating a unique mixture of flavours.
Wheelcake – or Che Lung Bing, a traditional Taiwanese street food, compromising of two sweet pancake layers sandwiched around a range of sweet or savoury fillings.
Dan Bing – literally means ‘egg cake’ and is a common breakfast street food among locals. A thinly rolled crepe with a varied selection of fillings.
Bao & Bing has been devised by Paul Sarlas after spending many years in Asia and particularly in Taiwan. Paul met his wife in Sydney whilst she was on a holiday visa, who was born and raised in Hsinchu, Taiwan, which further influenced Paul’s passions for the cuisine. The idea of offering a vibrant cuisine of this beautiful island to the masses of London became Paul’s passion.
Did I possibly over-order when I visited Bao & Bing? Yes, I probably did. I REGRET NOTHING! Go try their food now!
This addition to Marylebone is inspired by the street-markets of Taiwan, and there's quite a lot more to it than bao buns. Expect waffle-like wheelcakes made to order and alcoholic ice lollies in the downstairs bar.
- Gavin Hanly, Hot Dinners