C Bao Asian Buns and More in NYC, New York

 C Bao Asian Buns and More in NYC, New York

C Bao Asian Buns and More in NYC, New York

I love big buns I cannot lie and so, we decided to try this place called C Bao Asian Buns and More, few steps from Union Square. It's definitely not the kind of place where you go for the decor, the restaurant apparently not attaching that much attention to the way it looks as can attest the small area on the right side of the door. 

 Dining room at C Bao Asian Buns and More in NYC, New York

Dining room at C Bao Asian Buns and More in NYC, New York

It is a big place with the counter and kitchen in the back. You order at the counter and they will call the number that is on the receipt once your meal is ready.

 Dining room at C Bao Asian Buns and More in NYC, New York

Dining room at C Bao Asian Buns and More in NYC, New York

We first got our apple fizzy that was fairly good, with tiny pieces of apple that passed through the large straw.

 Apple fizzy at C Bao Asian Buns and More in NYC, New York

Apple fizzy at C Bao Asian Buns and More in NYC, New York

Then came our order. I expected the bao to be on a plate, even paper plate...

 Order at C Bao Asian Buns and More in NYC, New York

Order at C Bao Asian Buns and More in NYC, New York

Here is what we tried:

Peking Duck Bao (Chinese roasted crispy duck skin served with scallion, cucumber & house sauce):

 Peking duck bao at C Bao Asian Buns and More in NYC, New York

Peking duck bao at C Bao Asian Buns and More in NYC, New York

Tofu Veggie Bao (fried organic tofu served with shiitake mushroom, oyster Sauce and Taiwanese relish):

 Tofu veggie bao at C Bao Asian Buns and More in NYC, New York

Tofu veggie bao at C Bao Asian Buns and More in NYC, New York

Crispy Chicken Bao (fried chicken served with lettuce, tomato, cucumber and honey-mustard):

 Crispy chicken bao at C Bao Asian Buns and More in NYC, New York

Crispy chicken bao at C Bao Asian Buns and More in NYC, New York

Original Bao (Taiwanese braised pork belly served with powdered peanut, cilantro and Taiwanese relish):

 Original bao at C Bao Asian Buns and More in NYC, New York

Original bao at C Bao Asian Buns and More in NYC, New York

The bao were big and too thick compared to what was inside. My favorite was the Peking duck one, thanks to the house sauce that seemed to be simply hoisin sauce, but, again, too much "bread" versus filling. My least favorite was the crispy chicken that was dry, as well as the original bao and tofu bao, because of the Taiwanese relish that I did not like. The was very disappointing...

We also got scallion pancakes that were just ok.

 Scallion pancakes at C Bao Asian Buns and More in NYC, New York

Scallion pancakes at C Bao Asian Buns and More in NYC, New York

So this was a disappointing meal and I doubt that I would go back to that place. For bao, I definitely prefer those served in ramen places like Ippudo or even Baohaus. Or even the ones I made one time at home (recipe here)!

Enjoy (...)!

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