No. 15 of my 100 fav things in Cabra
Big POW POW?? That’s what I heard a cute 2 year old toddler call the Big BUN BAO!! All jokes aside (should never laugh at a child’s poor speech development), big pow pow is not far from the truth.
Here I emphasise ‘BIG’ to differentiate every other steamed bun that you’ve ever come across in your life. For under $3.00 you could get a steam bun the size of YOUR FACE! ….that is, if your head was the size of pug. LOL (note to me: never mention dogs and food in the same sentence).
The mince used is similar to that used in Pate Chaud. Packed in tight. No gravy (gravy is for wusses).
The dough is thick, yet fluffy and soft. The fillings are….are…CHUNKY!!
Whole shitake mushroom.
Half a boiled egg.
A chunk of chinese sausage (‘lap cheong’ similar to a spicy chorizo seasoned with five spices).
Chunks of onion.
This is the ultimate comfort food. Even big eaters would smile in satisfaction with a good wholesome Big bun bao.
Admittedly pork buns can be found in many countries Japan, Taiwan etc. Steam buns to asians are like pies are to the western world.
You can find bun bao’s at most good bakeries in Cabra (in the steamer). Sometimes known as combination bun, as you can also get plain chicken and BBQ pork buns. Note: Please remove paper form the bottom before consuming!
Where? I get mine from A&A Cakes (shop 16/101-103 John Street). Watch out as numbers are limited, buns sell out daily. Best to nab them before 3pm.
Price? $3.00 for Big ones. Less for other flavours (smaller) ones.