Sunday, October 2, 2016

Fat Bao - Restaurant Review

Sassy Wine Belly - Fat Bao

Fat Bao is a chain restaurant with two locations in the Houston area. It's casual, family-friendly, hipster eatery where you order at the register and they bring your food to you at your table. It's not extremely clean, but it's not dirty either. It's busy all the time, which makes it a little messier than most restaurants. The music is fun, but extremely loud in the back hallway near the bathroom. The bathrooms seemed old but clean.

Sassy Wine Belly - Fat Bao

Mom and I ordered 2 Duck Baos (roasted duck, pickled cucumbers, green onions, hoisin sauce - $5 each), 1 Crab Daddy (fried soft shell crab, Asian slaw, spicy mayo - $5.50 each), and 1 Pork Belly Bao (not pictured - braised pork belly, pickled cucumbers, green onions, hoisin sauce - $4 each). Mom says that the pork belly bao is closest to the traditional that she used to enjoy as a child.

As far as the other baos, while they were delicious, they were a bit on the greasy side. The white split buns are reminiscent of the soft, slightly sweet split buns that usually come with an order of Peking Duck. They are yummy.

The Crab Daddy Bao was as large as my hand and was spilling out of the bun. Out of the bun dropped the Asian slaw in spicy mayo. The entire concoction was way too heavy and not balanced at all. For something so large and fried, it would have been nice to have something a bit acidic or light to counterbalance the oiliness.

The Duck Bao was supposed to come with pickled cucumbers and hoisin sauce, but I only found roasted duck and green onions in mine. These were very good even without the missing ingredients - much more balanced than the Crab Daddy, probably because the roasted duck wasn't as greasy to start with as was the deep-fried crab.

My brother ordered Homemade Chips ($4) and Fat Cauli (fried cauliflower tossed in curry - $5). I tried a little of both and they were very delicious!

The four baos were about $21 dollars after tax. We did feel the need to have some vegetables and fruit after we got home.

A very good restaurant for families or a quick, casual meal!

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