If it was Roli Roti that started me on my love of pork, then it was Chairman Bao that solidified it. One taste of their Steamed Pork Belly Bao and I was hooked for life! I actually thought to myself while eating it, "Why did I go all these years not eating pork?" I feel I need to eat Chairman Bao everyday for a year to make up for all of the lost pork. Okay, maybe that is an exaggeration, but I really adore their Steamed Pork Belly Bao.
I have a three-year old who is quickly turning into a foodie, and I am happy that my repeated visits to Popeye's haven't killed his taste buds. Whenever I mention we are going to Off the Grid or visiting the food trucks, he breaks out in a chorus of "Pork belly belly belly!" that is an ode to Chairman Bao. It's his favorite, and every time we go he insists that the first thing he eats is a Steamed Pork Belly Bao. I always hope that the queue will be short and it never is, but I still have to wait in it because it's my son's favorite. I have spoken to many people who say they never visit Chairman Bao because the queue is too long, and I tell them all the same thing: suck it up and wait because you won't be disappointed!
Rating: 4.5/5 ** (Son's rating: 5/5) (ratings guide)
Chairman Bao (@chairmantruck) $3.75 for one steamed bao
** Why it's not a 5 - I eat these every week and most of the time -- 90% of the time -- they are fantastic. But there have been weeks where it's just not as amazing. If I had only ever eaten the pork belly during that 10% of the time I still would have thought they were great, but since I know how amazing they can be, I want that consistency.
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