Little Bao Hong Kong and there owner May Chow started life in the suburb of Soho on Hong Kong Island in a small and cosy shop front seating minimal people, with people queuing to get a piece of the great food on offer. The site had to go to housing development and was closed.
Fast forward and Little Bao soho is back with a new venue and sleek revamp and the opening of the large Causeway Bay restaurant this restaurant is now flourishing.
Owner operator May Chow has become something of a celebrity in the culinary scene on Hong Kong Island. She was voted 2017 best female chef at the Asia’s 50 best restaurants awards.
Notable as well Little Bao was once visited by the late Anthony Bourdain for his epic series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown. You can find her interview on the Parts Unknown website. May has also appeared on MasterChef Asia, MasterChef UK.
Located on Hong Kong Island, central district and also Causeway Bay Little Bao Hong Kong has two venues.
The food at Little Bao is just to doe for, based on relaxed dining the menu consists of share plates and the obvious there trademark baos.
Those not familiar with Bao buns, they are a steamed yeast bun soft in texture which can be filled with your own fillings. Popular in Chinese cuisines but now ever popular in all types of Asian cuisines.
From the share plates menu such dishes like ‘Lu Rou’ a Taiwanese version of a scotched egg or equally as inviting is the short rib dumplings. Both packed full of flavour and so Moreish that the share plate name would suitably be eaten alone.
Then there are the trademark baos. The buns so beautiful steamed, with the fillings expertly crafted to allow an array of textures. Personal favourites include fried chicken with black vinegar glaze and szechaun pepper mayo. Or equally as good and for the veges the Sloppy Chan a great mix of shitake tempeh, truffle mayo and pickled daikon. Disclaimer: They are delicious.
Soho – Tue-Sun 12-4pm, 6-11pm
Causeway Bay – Sun-Thur 12-10pm, Fri-Sat 12-11pm
Little Bao Website
Soho shop: 1-3 Shin Hing Street, Central
Causeway Bay Shop: Shop H1, GF, Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Chef May Chow hasn’t stopped at Little Bao her success has brought about a second venture in Happy Paradise. This venue Chef May Chow calls her love letter to Chinese cuisine, and looks an elegant and fantastic dining experience. The accolades for Happy Paradise are impressive
- Condé Nast Traveller’s The Best New Restaurants in the World 2021
- Tatler’s 20 Best Restaurants in HK and Macau 2019, 2020
- TIME Magazine’s 100 Greatest Places on Earth 2018
- featured in Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown.
We have not experienced it yet but it’s a main reason we want to return to Hong Kong.
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