If you haven’t tried those tasty little steamed buns that frequently make an appearance on our Instagram feeds, you’re seriously missing out. When we see the doughy goodness on any Asian menu, we just can’t resist – and if there’s one city that does ’em well, it’s ours. Check out our picks of where to get damn good bao buns in Manchester.
1. Wolf at the Door
Wolf at the Door keeps things pretty simple. Good booze, and no-fuss grub. While you can pick up a pretty lavish bottle of vino at a premium cost, you can also polish it off with a few tacos and bao buns on a budget. Prices start at just £2 per bao bun, and trust us when we say, they’re bloomin’ tasty. Flavours range from kimchi, Char Siu Pork and even ham, egg and chips. Wolf at the Door, 30-32 Thomas St, M4 1ER.
2. Cocktail Beer Ramen + Bun
It’d be a disservice to not serve up bao buns given that it’s literally in their name, and Cocktail Beer Ramen + Bun really delivers, with six variations to choose from. The buns are pretty filling, but with two for £7.50, it’s hard not to stuff your face with them. The tasty spot is open til 2am Wednesday – Sunday, fulfilling your bun cravings at the times you need it the most. Cocktail Beer Ramen + Bun, 101-103 Oldham St, Manchester, M4 1LW.
An Ancoats’ fave, Nam puts their own spin on the Chinese classic, serving up chicken, pork, beef and jackfruit options that are absolutely stuffed to the brim with tasty fillings. If you love the doughy little suckers as much as we do, you’ll probably want to take advantage of the 2 for £8 offer. Nam, Unit 2, 33 Blossom St, Ancoats, M4 6AJ.
4. Shoryu Ramen
Bringing authentic Japanese grub to the rainy city, Shoryu Ramen may specialise in ramen, but they also serve up some seriously good baos. There are three options to choose from on the Manchester menu, including BBQ pork, chicken karaage, and pumpkin croquette – with plenty of tasty sides to pair them up with. Shoryu Ramen, 1 Piccadilly, M1 1RG.
Cottonopolis is an Asian favourite in the Northern Quarter, and part of that offering is (obviously) bao buns. The baos are absolute beasts too, stuffed with wagyu short rib, ‘tokyo’ fried chicken, pork katsu and mushroom katsu. What’s better? You can enjoy them as part of the restaurant’s Sunday trolley event if you’re lucky, where trolleys of unlimited grub are brought around the restaurant for you to help yourself to. Cottonopolis, 16 Newton St, M1 2AE.
It’s in the name, so these street food traders at newly-opened New Century know a thing or two (if not ten) about bao. Not only can you tuck into their signature lobster bao dog, BaoBros23 also boast bao buns such as ‘Kyoto Cluck Cluck’, consisting of a panko crumbed chicken breast and topped with pickled daikon, pomegranate and sriracha mayo and sweet potato jackfruit and quinoa baozi with mango, papaya, shallot and crispy onion salad. BaoBros23, New Century, 34 Hanover St, M4 4AH.