Big and Bao-tiful: Foodies, rejoice! May Chow has opened a flagship restaurant for her Little Bao concept at Fashion Walk in Causeway Bay, and it’s called Little Bao Diner. It’s five times the size of her original Soho digs, and will be serving up her classic pork belly bao as well as a bevy of new dishes.
Look & Feel: Spacious, breezy and casual, aesthetics are American diner meets Hong Kong cha chaan teng wrapped in bright, playful colors. Wide windows look onto Victoria Park, and the exterior is emblazoned with Little Bao’s iconic sea foam green and royal blue, as well as its neon pink logo.
On the Menu: Chow is known for her East-meets-West, creative approach to Asian food, and you’ll find plenty of that here. Expect sharing plates such as fried chicken ($178), which is created with local chicken and is available with mala (peanut butter and chilli oil seasonings). We’re also eyeballing the seaweed poppers ($68) and shrimp tacos ($128). Little Bao’s desserts — deep-fried green tea or salted caramel ice cream sandwiches — have netted rave reviews almost as enthusiastic as those for the baos, so you’ll be able to find these here, too.
Meet the Chef: Who hasn’t heard of May Chow? After making a splash on Hong Kong’s culinary scene with Little Bao five years ago, she continued to revolutionize contemporary Chinese and Asian fare with Second Draft and Happy Paradise. She also received the Asia’s Best Female Chef award in 2017.
Great For: Hanging out with your dog and other pet-owner friends; Little Bao Diner’s terrace is dog-friendly.
FYI: The restaurant doesn’t take reservations, but bookings for parties and large groups (over six people) are welcome.
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This writeup is a news piece and was not based on a restaurant visit. The Loop HK will update this post once we’ve visited in person.