You can say let’s get
fish and chips, and it resonates with those around you, it’s a trusted ritual
to head down to the local chip shop and get yourself these Australian classics.
But tastes are changing and we’re looking for something a little different
these days, and two such things come to mind, bao and waffles. You would be
forgiven for not running out for bao (or even knowing what bao is) and
waffles but that will surely change.
Bao is popping up all
over the Melbourne food scene, while waffles have been in the background for a
while but only recently started to make a bigger impact – we think this is in
part because of the social revolution!
So why are we telling
you about this… because there’s are place out there that has brought these two
tasty treats together! Welcome, Bao x Waffle, the concept is simple built on
the traditional notion of bao with a twist – not just incorporating the
traditional flavours they have taken the concept a little further by
incorporating classic Australian snack food into these.
So, let’s break it
down, we were lucky enough to head to Bao x Waffle’s new flagship store – prior
to now they have worked the festival scene only. The menu is simple and
straight forward, we’ll break down what we munched on later. You make your
first choice bao or waffle, then you choose what you want inside, that’s it!
This can be the hard part but if you’re like us you get one of nearly
everything, so tough choices – no more!
Here’s what we had and
what we thought.
This is the
traditional bao right here, braised pork belly in spices flown direct from the
mother land, with a little pickle, coriander and a sprinkle of peanuts we loved
every bite of this one!
We had to go waffle
for this fried chicken delight, it comes with Bruce’s hot sauce which is house
made but be warned it has a kick so if you like it mild maybe ask for something
else. It also had cos lettuce which we could take it or leave it – personal
choice but still really good. Can’t go wrong with a combination of fried
chicken and waffles.
Their take on the
humble burger classic, with all the fixin’s of a traditional burger we opted
for a bao bun which was so worth it, it meant it wasn’t too heavy and you can
still have room for more. Just a note, this is bao sized so don’t expect a
rockling, house made tartar, sauce this one is simple and delicious – teamed
with the soft bao this is a great combination of soft and crispy that has a
great taste from first to last bite.
And to finish…
PB & J(Deep Fried Bao)
This was a last-minute
addition to our visit but was definitely worth it. Think the traditional Peanut
Butter & Jelly but deep fried with an extra helping of jam on top, you
might not think the extra jam is needed but it goes so well together you’ll
never have it without.
This place is
definitely worth a try and choosing between bao or waffles is never going to be
an easy choice. Our suggestion, get a mix so can try a bit of everything, you
won’t be disappointed whichever way you go. And remember waffles are a
breakfast food which means you can have it any time of day – see what we did
Try them out and let
us know what your favourite is.