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Little Bao Hong Kong

Little Bao


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

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.

Finer Details

Opening Hours

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

And Lastly

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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Lucky Bao, Mermaid Waters, Gold Coast

Lucky Bao


Lucky Bao Gold Coast is a restaurant with a story we just love.  What was once a stall at the Miami Marketta when there were pumping out Bao’s out of a small marquee to foot traffic then fast forward they opened the doors of there own restaurant. A dream any small business would love to achieve.

A modern Asian eatery who pride themselves on share plates and of course featuring there trademark Baos.

Small but quaint little venue noticed in this little precient by there brightly shining pink sign.

Lucky Bao Location

Lucky Bao is located on Makeri Street, in the quiet Gold Coast suburb of Mermaid waters, tucked away in in a small parade of shops. !5 minutes from Surfers Paradise and 20 minutes from Coolongatta.

Plan your route with Google maps

The Food

As mentioned Lucky Bao operates on a modern Asian share plates large and small and of course the highlights are the bao’s. I can honestly say and have tried them all, here are no bad bao’s here. However special praise goes to the Taiwanese fried chicken, pork belly and the tempura soft shell crab absolutely delicious and flavoursome, the best your find on the Gold Coast.

Baos at Lucy Bao

Other favourites at Lucky Bao would include,  succulent Korean chicken wings with either spicy Korean or Sichaun Sweet and Sour, our preference being the Korean but both delicious. Another must try would be the the bang bang chicken vermicelli salad. Packed full of freshness and flavour a real treat.

We loved enjoying a liquid journey for dessert and the cocktails at Lucky Bao are delicious. With my favourite being the birch wood smoked old fashioned.

Finer Details

Opening Hours

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 11:30am to 3:30pm and 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Saturday and Sunday 11:30am to 8:30pm

Closed Tuesdays


Lucky Bao website



6A/90 Markeri St, Mermaid Waters, QLD, Australia. 4218

And Lastly

Overall a fine restaurant tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city lights, but a perfect spot to unwind and enjoy some of the best food on the Gold Coast Asian and dining scene.

Lucky Bao was an easy pick for an entry into our Best Restaurants Gold Coast, guide. One of many from the restaurants south end of the Gold Coast.