A few months ago my friend Aaron Chew mentioned an idea to bring the humble Taiwanese Gua Bao to Perth in a modern and relatable way. Now his dream has become a reality, with the creation of his pop-up venture known as ‘The Bao Bar’. With other local eateries such as Low Key Chow House and crowd-funded Lucky Chan’s offering variations of gua bao, The Bao Bar is up against some pretty tough competition.
Along his journey I have somehow been roped into helping out, but working at The Bao Bar has been both fun and exciting. Every Friday night we get together to serve a bao degustation, known as ‘The Six Stack’. The event is located at a warehouse in O’Connor, where we pump some Nujabes and serve you six different baos, and unlimited Asian soft drinks, at a price of $40.
So here is ‘The Six Stack’ line up from the past two weeks:
Some lotus root chips seasoned in sweet and salty chinese five spice to start off.
1. The O.G.
This is the original Taiwanese style braised pork belly gua bao, served with crushed peanuts and coriander.
2. The Big Bird
Who doesn’t love a fried chicken bao? This gua bao is filled with chinese cabbage, a Taiwanese style popcorn chicken and drizzled in sriracha mayonnaise. Out of the six this one's my favourite!
3. The Notorious P.I.G
Another pork belly bao, but this time with a crispy crackling, hoisin sauce, fresh cucumber, zingy pickled radish & carrot, and a garnish of coriander.
4. The Sebastian
Delicious soft shell crab, covered in a homemade Singaporean style chilli sauce inside a naughty deep fried bao.
5. The Porco Rosso
A char-siu pulled pork gua bao, with crushed peanuts, cucumber and a garnish of coriander.
6. The Kimberly Hart
To finish off, there is a sweet dessert bao! A deep fried gua bao, filled with red bean paste and green tea ice cream, then covered in crushed strawberry pocky and peanuts.
Unfortunately, through the power of social media this bao-gustation is now sold out for the next few weeks! But, if you want to know where The Bao Bar is popping up next, stalk us on social media: