Bing's Bao & Beer
Now this is something to write home a-bao.
Fun, fast and big on flavour, Bing’s Bao & Beer has opened at The Streets, with lunch through to late evening meals available at this retro-style eatery.
The menu, unsurprisingly, is all about the buns. There are two styles available - bao (steamed open bun) and bing (flat fried bun). They're filled with Asian-style meats, including braised brisket with lemon aspen and coriander; Shanghai pork belly with pickled chinese cabbage; and salt & pepper chicken with kimchi mayo. If you're not down with meat, there’s also a crunchy panko-crumbed fish fillet and a miso mushroom option available.
For Head Chef Chris Yan, Bing's is a chance to revisit some of his favourite childhood food memories. "Growing up in Singapore, I loved my mum's homemade bao - or the ones from the local hawker market. I'd eat them for breakfast, lunch or dinner. They're like the Asian equivalent of a burger - but better!"
To complement the bao, a selection of noodle bowls are sure to win over even the biggest appetite. Hand-rolled noodles are paired with a crispy tonkatsu pork cutlet, red braised beef shin, or prawn and calamari - with a house-made broth lovingly ladled over the top. If you've got a history of slurping too enthusiastically and ruining your new white shirts, the equally-delicious rice bowls are probably a safer bet for lunchtime (and you can just come back after work for the noodles!).
Whatever you do, save room for dessert - the marshmallow bao with raspberry and chocolate is a sugar hit you’re going to want in your life. Wash all of that down with a house-made bubble tea or soda; or if you've got the rest of the afternoon off, try Bing’s own range of ales (brewed in collaboration with Brookvale brewery Nomad), wines made by Clare Valley’s KT Wines, and bottled cocktails created by mixologist Kate McGraw.
The space, designed by Melissa Collison (whose other projects include Madame Shanghai, El Camino Cantina and Sake Double Bay), is inspired by a 1970s milk bar, juxtaposed against the local suburban Chinese restaurants of the time. Take a look at some of the subtle design elements of the menu boards, and you'll know what we mean.
Bing’s Bao and Beer is located on Scotch Row (next to Sushi Hon Izakaya), and is open Monday to Friday from 11:30am-8:30pm.