Since its humble beginnings as a London food stall, BAO has amassed a cult following of hungry fans with its Taiwanese-inspired cuisine and sleek design sensibility. BAO’s first book reveals the top-secret recipes behind 100 of its most beloved dishes – from the traditional steamed buns of its name to Taiwanese fried chicken, soul-warming beef noodles, snack-size xiao chi, and more.
Every BAO restaurant reflects a unique element of Taiwanese eating culture. The book follows suit, with chapters exploring each restaurant’s inspiration – Taipei night markets and grill houses, noodle shops and cafés – along with its creative interpretation.
Part cookbook, part manifesto, BAO weaves together delicious recipes, lively stories, evocative photography, and playful illustrations to inspire BAO super-fans and curious home cooks alike.
Chapters and featured dishes include:
BAO – Classic Pork BAO, Daikon BAO, Cod Black BAO, Short Rib BAO
Xiao Chi – Taiwanese Fried Chicken, Sweet Potato Chips with Pickled Plum Ketchup
Grill House – Chilli Chicken Wings, Shacha Ox Heart Skewers
Taiwanese Café – Dan Bing, Taro Congee with Crispy Shallot Wings
Noodle Shop – Slow-cooked Beef Cheek and Short Rib Noodles, Dan Dan Tofu Noodles
Drinks – Peanut Milk, Melon Sour, Milk Foam Tea
'Hugely inspiring...there is so much in it that I long to eat.' - Nigella Lawson
Best new cookbooks for 2023 - Delish
'A food empire with a cult following.' - The Times
'Immerse yourself in the weird and wonderful world of Taiwanese restaurant BAO with this new book detailing its journey and the most exciting cult recipes.' - ES Magazine, The Evening Standard
'Rewarding recipes... The book delves deep into the restaurant's thoughtfully curated and well-branded universe' - Esquire
'BAO's debut cookbook reveals their deepest, darkest cooking secrets'. - The Independent
'How three art students built London's best bao restaurants.' - Apollo
‘This book is one for BAO fans.’ - Delish
‘Photos that will make you salivate all over the book's glossy pages.’ - Tasting Table
‘Multifaceted, complex yet rewarding recipes.’ - Library Journal
‘The stylish and appetizing debut from the creative minds behind London’s Bao restaurants is part cookbook and part manifesto.’ - Publishers Weekly
‘Cookbook-cum-manifesto.’ – Courier