02 August 2010

One Perfect Bao

Had this absolutely perfect char siu bao last month at Ping, in Portland, OR's Chinatown.

The bun was steamed just enough to be puffy and warm, but still a little doughy and moist.
The pork was slow-cooked and succulent, juicy even without its sauce.
Plenty of cilantro for every bite to get a hit of fresh greens.
And the fried onion cracklins - so inspired - crunchy and approaching the flavor of crispy bacon.

And then I ordered another...

Link to our Portland (PDX) airport guide: Portland.html
Link to our article on Bao: Bao.html