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Published June 25th 2016
You are "bao"und to come back for more
Belly Bao is a tucked away shop away from the always bustling George Street, located on Liverpool street. It specialises in a great selection of baos both savoury and sweet. They quickly gained popularity recently through its simplicity and proliferation on social media platforms.
Belly Bao menu
My friend's cravings of a crispy tofu bao led us to this hidden joint which was dim lit and very spacious.
Crispy Tofu Bao
The staff was kind, accommodating and helpful informing us of possible seating areas as there were many booths with existing reservations. We chose vacant seats on the long tables lit by candles and hanging lights.
The menus, cutlery and sriracha sauce were nicely tucked in a tray. After perusal of the menu, we went up to the counter to order our baos. My friend chose a vegetarian option which was a crispy tofu bao (which was $6.50).
We chose to share sweet potato fries that came with aioli (which were $7). The sweet potato fries was subtle in its sweetness. One may almost assume like yours truly that they are normal crisp cut fries.
Sweet Potato Fries
I chose a strawberry dessert bao which had icecream and a drizzle of matcha (which was also $6.50).
With positive reviews of the crispy tofu bao from my friend, I also had a very happy experience at Belly Bao with my dessert strawberry bao. The bun was golden and nicely fried. The icecream sandwiched in the bao did not melt quickly allowing the bun to stay crunchy and not soggy which would have ruined the fried bun. The matcha was not overpowering which was very good as it allowed the fresh slim cut strawberrries to shine through as the highlight of the bao.
The ambience was very soothing and it was a great place for a casual gathering.
Thus, I would definitely return in the near future to try their other baos, perhaps the popular crackling pork belly bao.