Bao on the Block

52 Sgt. Esguerra Ave., South Triangle, Quezon City, Metro Manila

Bao on the Block
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Category:
Asian
Business Hours
Reopens: 11:00a - 9:00p
Phone
+639957839797

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 11:00a - 9:00p
  • Monday
    • 11:00a - 9:00p
  • Tuesday
    • 11:00a - 9:00p
  • Wednesday
    • 11:00a - 9:00p
  • Thursday
    • 11:00a - 9:00p
  • Friday
    • 11:00a - 9:00p
  • Saturday
    • 11:00a - 9:00p

Payment Options

Cash

Most Recent Reviews

AlwaysHungryPh P.
3.0 Stars
10

I had the opportunity of visiting and trying out the food at Bao on the Block in Tomas Morato, Quezon City, on a sponsored invite. It wasn’t just a day that’s centered on just reviewing Bao’s food, but what I had in mind is to have the time of my life trying out their dishes. I was very excited in this whole dining adventure that awaits, having met the owners of Bao on the Block. You can tell how young entrepreneurs, Bien, Bibien, and Marga are very passionate about their business, having expressed their desire to learn more about the food industry so they can serve their dining clients better. We had a lengthy talk about the ideas they have for Bao and their future plans for it.

Bao on the Block is a novelty concept for a food place. It actually displays so much potential in making it big in the food business. As far as I know, they are the only restaurant that focuses on making a a variety of cuapaos. Aside from coming up with five different kinds of cuapao, they also have four types of rice toppings in their menu.

The way that they have creatively named their food items might even make Bao a household name. Their Bao to the King is light and fluffy as a bun. The texture and flavors of the chicken teriyaki meat and beansprouts blended in well together.

Their Dragon Bao Z, (named after that famous Japanese cartoon, Dragonball Z), has a very catchy name, but lacked the needed kick to it. It could have been better, I think, if they only made the kimchi spicier, and seasoned it with a little more dash of salt.

Bao’s Back to Baosics has the typical fried chicken in it, paired with sour pickled vegetables. I had a nice crunchy bite off of it, but just like the DragonBao Z, it kind of lacked the oomph that I was looking for in this cuapao variety.

If you are not that much into cuapaos, you can have Bao whip up some rice specialty for ya. I so much enjoyed their teriyaki rice, partnered with a generous serving of fish and wasabi mayo. Everything in this meal were just so perfectly matched for each other, IMO.

I also got to try out Bao’s siomai and shark’s fin dumpling. They were prepped up and cooked, just like the usual siomai and dumplings being sold in food carts, but I’d say that it is of good value for its price, and could do well as an appetizer.

Next time you visit Bao, try out their must-have, fried cuapao with ice cream. Its nicely fried bun came together with sweet graham crackers. Try to eat the fried cuapao like a sandwich, and please let me know how that feels like. I might just try doing that the next time I visit Bao.

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Manfred M.
3.0 Stars
6

We only know the siopao, siomai, and those streotypical Chinese dishes copied by lots of restaurants in Metro Manila. However, we don't usually hear of the Bao. Fortunately, the owners of Bao on the Block seek to introduce Bao to the general public. Bao is actually steamed or fried dough that is usually filled with meat. Traditionally it is mixed with asado sauce. However, the owners thought of different toppings that can be used with this lesser known Chinese snack.

The dishes are usually composed of steamed dough topped with a variety of viands. The pictures below will show you their delectable selection.

Botb classic. This dish is a combination of fried pork, hoisin sauce, and nuts. The hoisin sauce and pork make a wonderful combination that is sure to whet someone's appetite.

The chicken chop rice bowl is for those who prefer rice over the bao. It is composed of deep fried chicken with fried wanton wrappers and fresh vegetables.

The customary pork siomai at Php 85 for 8 pieces. It is a good accompaniment to the bao dishes.

Dragon Bao Z. This spicy offering has a lot of kimchi, pork, and spring onion relish. This is perfect for those who want a lot of spice in their meal.

The stylish wall deco.

Chicken Teriyaki Rice Bowl. This has special teriyaki sauce. I find this one better than the ordinary chicken chop due to the sweet teriyaki sauce. It still comes with the standard vegetables and chips.

Another shot.

The customary sharksfin siomai. The fish based version is as good as the pork siomai.

Fish Bao with You. For those who have no inclination to eat pork or chicken, the fish version is for you. This is composed of fried fish, wasabi, mayo, and nori. The inclusion of wasabi might be a bit extreme for those who don't want spicy, but the taste is agreeable nonetheless.

The Bao selections. All come with fried wanton wrapper chips. It costs 89 Php for 1 pc., Php 159 for 2 pieces, and 379 for 5 pieces.

Back to the Baosics. This one is a chicken based alternative to the Botb classic. I prefer the pork based one; but this is still good. It has lots of coleslaw, though.

To cap it off, we had a bottle of China's most popular beer, Tsingtao. At 120 per bottle, this is actually good for two people. Way to end the night!

Bao on the Block truly satisfied my curiosity as to what could be done with the traditional Bao. It truly has gone a long way from the typical ones I used to eat at restos.

Bao on the Block is located at 52 Sgt. Esguerra St., Scout Triangle, Quezon City.

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Ruth D.
4.0 Stars
2

🔹Bao to the King. Chicken teriyaki. It was good. Not bad for PhP80+.

🔹Deep Fried Ice Cream Bao. It's actually just the bao that's deep fried. Vanilla ice cream with choco syrup. It was okay.

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