You want copious amount of food that will comfort your stomach, ease your mind and soothe your soul.
I hear you’re dealing with a tube strike in London (I’m on a beach in California, not sorry), so now, more than ever, you need an edible hug.
Take yourself to Soho, get your bum on a seat at Bao – thank me later.
(You can do this via twitter, instagram, or carrier pidgeon – should they be able to make the cross-Atlantic, cross-country trip to my beach-lounging body) This could be you right now ^
This is also what I looked like a few weeks ago – on a Saturday afternoon, after being at the front of the queue, ready to consume some Taiwanese deliciousness.
Yes, there’s usually a queue. I’ll let you have a perusal, mentally make your order before you view the influx of food porn.
We started with some 10-year aged, coal baked oolong tea. A very civilised accompaniment for the savagery that was to ensue.
Then it became a free-for-all. Taiwanese fried chicken with hot sauce kicked off the feast with a lovely crunch and welcome spiciness. Trotter nuggets are worthy of a foot fetish – tender fried pork ready to be dunked in a fiery chilli sauce. Whether or not you can take the heat, a sip of iced peanut milk is a palate pleasing refresher.
Prepare to BAO DOWN BITCHES. Lamb shoulder bao is incredibly tender, with a citrusy sauce and bites of jalapeño. Confit pork bao was ever the winner with a sweet, sticky sauce and delightful crunch of fried pork scratchings. And fried chicken bao, with sichuan mayo and golden kimchi.
This is a threesome you want to be involved with. This dish is the thing food porn dreams are made of.
Pig blood cake is a Taiwanese take on black pudding, topped with a charming looking orb of egg yolk – ready to be satisfyingly burst, causing an attractive ooze of golden yolk.
*Angels sing*This, my now starving friend, is 40 day rump cap with aged white soy sauce. Tender beautiful bites of meat that truly melt in your mouth – worthy of ordering twice should your dining partner be skilled with their chopsticks. Obligatory order of sweet potato chips with plum pickle salt – as I can never deny my mouth the sweet taste of this confused tuber.
Guinea fowl Chi Shiang rice is a bowl of comfort. Again, hope for the downfall of your dining partner’s chopstick skill.
Should you still have the ability to move, let alone consume something sweet, vacate this daring little joint and head for Crosstown Doughnut’s new Soho spot. Given your travel predicament, order them all, share with stranded Londoners, and maybe moan slightly less about your four hour journey home given your sugar high state. However you choose to deal with London’s lovely shut down, be sure to make your way to Bao… and tell me all a-BAO-t it.