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Five-of-the-best scrump­tious bao buns

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - News -

Hun­gry­bear

Hun­gry­bear head cook Lind­sey Scott is not afraid to push boundaries when de­sign­ing dishes for the Launce­s­ton food van. The Cheeses­teak has been his best-sell­ing bao bun. It bor­rows from one of his favourite cul­tural com­fort foods, the Philadel­phia cheese steak sand­wich. The menu also fea­tures smoked brisket, Viet­namese pork and Mex­i­can jack fruit (veg­e­tar­ian) bao buns. 4 Kingsway, Launce­s­ton 179 In­ver­may Rd, Launce­s­ton

Chan Bao

Head cook in the Chan Bao van, Eva Tseng, is highly sen­ti­men­tal about her food. She moved away from fam­ily in Tai­wan as a child and now recre­ates the tra­di­tional, nos­tal­gic dishes from her child­hood to share with her Tas­ma­nian friends and fam­ily. The five main op­tions at Chan Bao are pork belly, ten­der beef, crispy chicken, crispy tofu and pick­led mixed mush­room. The buns are $8 for one or $14 for two. Cater­ing van, Ho­bart

Mr Good Guy

This award-win­ning South-East Asian restau­rant is a mas­ter of mod­ernised street foods. There are four flavour-filled bao bun op­tions on the menu ($7.50), in­clud­ing two veg­e­tar­ian choices. The two veg­e­tar­ian op­tions are fried tofu, ginger and a fra­grant sauce, and grilled mush­room and ginger. The most pop­u­lar choice is the pork belly with cu­cum­ber and hoisin sauce. The steamed buns are soft and pil­lowy. The fourth op­tion is fried chicken, pick­led sweet potato and sesame. 173 Mac­quarie St, Ho­bart

Munchies Street Food

These buns are a lit­tle larger than what is typ­i­cal, which means they are great value. They are more of an Asian-style burger than a sim­ple, tra­di­tional bao. The fluffy steamed bun is filled with a big chunk of twice-cooked pork belly, let­tuce, cu­cum­ber, pickle and a Korean bar­be­cue sauce made from a fam­ily recipe. Places you can catch them in­clude the Ho­bart Twi­light Mar­ket and the Taste of Tas­ma­nia. Cater­ing van, Ho­bart

One On The Slide

For three years the bao buns at One On The Slide have been pop­u­lar op­tions for pun­ters at the Launce­s­ton Har­vest Mar­ket. There are two to choose from (both $8). The Hot ’n’ Steamy con­tains slow-cooked pulled pork with chilli and co­rian­der slaw and Korean chilli bar­be­cue sauce. The Hot and Greeky con­tains shred­ded lamb, Greek salad, Per­sian feta and home­made tzatziki. Stall, Har­vest Mar­ket, 71 Cim­i­tiere St, Launce­s­ton

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