Bao: the new food snobbism

After burgermania, the hot-dogs craze, tacos and other finger licking delights, here is the new fad of street-foodistas.

So what are baos? They are stuffed briochés breads, super popular in China (where they originated from) and in Vietnam (called Banh Bao). Cool, this Asian nugget is creating the buzz in Paris. Careful, you easily get hooked.

Concretely, these furiously immaculate white plump mouthfuls are prepared with wheat flour, water or milk. Nestled at the center of their tender envelope, a salty filling (traditionally pork and veggies) or sweet (red beans or black sesame for example), all steam cooked. And to increase the pleasure, it is highly recommended to eat them with your hands.

Where to find them in Paris? At yam’Tcha, where star chef Adeline Grattard serves them sweet or salty. The traditional version at Marclee.

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