The Weekly Dish: Fried Steamed Pork Bao at Bao & Noodle

Kim Ranjbar

If you’re looking for an uber-casual spot to enjoy some of the most traditional-style Chinese cuisine in New Orleans, there’s a terrific spot on the edge of the Marigny that just might surprise you. Located on the corner of Chartres and Port Street, Bao & Noodle offers select dishes created by chef and owner Doug Crowell who formerly worked in the kitchen at Herbsaint.

Although there are many items on the menu worth trying, from the Scallion Pancakes to the Tea-Smoked Duck Breast, there’s just no getting around their featured dish, the Fried Steamed Bao. Each order comes with two large bao which are essentially thick buns or rolls filled with a mouth-watering pork mixture that is both delightfully sweet and savory at the same time. Although it’s nice to share, you might want to get two orders because it’s difficult to eat just one.