Not the name of a ping pong bar, but rather a collection of slinky dim sum restaurants, Ping Pong serves three delicious types of bun. Choose between chilli prawn, crispy duck and crispy aubergine; all served with a trio of fluffy steamed buns, veg and perfectly paired sauces.
Best Places For Bao In London
London's international culinary scene is on fire and one of our favourite Asian snacks to chow down on is bao. Chances are, you've sunk your teeth into these steamed buns stuffed with all sorts of deliciousness, but do you know the best spots for it? Serving everything from soft-shell crab stuffed bao through to sticky pork-filled buns, this lot have got the goods... and they're tasty. Here's our guide to the best places for bao in London.
You'll find Banh Bao Brothers in a newly renovated archway deep below Waterloo Station. Standing out with its pink neon lighting and funky cherry blossom trees, the menu here offers three bao variants; the 'OG' (a pork banh bao), the 'Cluck Dat' (a chicken bao) and a veggie offering - all tasting as mouth-wateringly good as the next.
As well as being a futuristic Asian restaurant, Inamo is a prime location for bao. Known as Yum Buns, their staple dish comes with fillings liks beef brisket, duck and pork. Plus you can order onstate of teh art interactive systems as you watch the chefs and challenge your friends to a game of battleships.
If you're looking for Asian food in Brixton, then head over to The Courtesan for tasty eats and burlesque to boot. Think dark wooden tables, Asian-inspired paintings and a menu that includes steamed buns stuffed with wagyu and rib eye sliders alongside curried pumpkin.
Looking for some of the best bao in South London? Head over to Kibou where the Battersea restaurant is serving you up some cloud-soft buns, filled with your choice of chicken kara-age, softshell crab or shitake mushroom tempura and slathered in raw cabbage and their signature mayo.
Looking for your next dim sum fix? Why choose one restaurant when you can have 'em all! With a huge number of kitchens across their three huge food halsl, you can tuck into BaoziInn's finest bao or go for a signature bun from The Marksman, all washed down with cocktails, craft beers and wines.
Not only does this Korean spot dish out some lip-smacking savoury buns, but their dessert ones are just as noteworthy. Inspired by the chimaek joints of South Korea, Wing Wing's got finger-lickin' chicken and sugary bao nuts at its core... think strawberry creme, salted peanut, yuzu meringue and more.
It's all about DIY buns at this Japanese hotspot. Moving on from the simple menu of meat or veg fillings that made the original Covent Garden site so popular, the Fitzrovia outpost has also added the likes of miso-grilled aubergine, rabbit katsu, wagyu rump steak and more.
From mouthwatering pork belly to melt-in-the-mouth black cod and even Horlicks ice cream-filled bao for afters, this queue-inducing spot is worth the wait. Turning heads fro Soho to Fitzrovia and Borough, Bao is a top choice for steamed buns in London... it's all in the name.
Bringing a modern twist on traditional Taiwanese steamed buns, Bay Bao is serving up pillowy bites in the heart of the West End. Head to Haymarket for mushroom buns slathered in miso mayo, cod tempura with nori and pickled fennel and fried chicken topped with gochujang mayo, pickled daikon and pineapple.