Bend the Bao Brings New Asian Fusion to CityWalk

Common Orlando CityWalk has seriously developed in excess of the yrs. The eating options have gotten a lot more thrilling and unique, and there is virtually much too substantially to decide on from. In some circumstances, it would make much more sense to go away the parks and just dine at CityWalk. The a single disappointment of CityWalk has normally been brief provider selections, but now it is a minor little bit greater with the addition of Bend the Bao.

Bend the Bao is an Asian fusion cafe specializing in, you guessed it, bao buns. It is on the “second floor” of Common CityWalk beside the Cinemark theater in the previous spot of Fusion Bistro Sushi & Sake Bar. Panda Convey, Moe’s Southwest Kitchen area, Burger King Whopper Bar, and Bread Box are all extremely close as effectively generating this the go-to place for rapid services dining.

The menu is straightforward plenty of. 2 Bao Buns will cost you $11.99 and you can include an supplemental bun for $4.49. There are seven distinctive options: Kimchee FC, Pork Belly, Duck, Beef Brisket, Veggie, Shrimp, and Crab Cake. Soda, tea and water are also out there.

Let’s go around the bao buns in purchase they are pictured starting up left to right with Pork Stomach, Duck, and Veggie adopted by Beef Brisket, Crab Cake, and Kimchee FC.

Pork Belly, Duck, Veggie

The Pork Stomach (pork belly, scallions, cucumber, honey roasted peanuts, cilantro) was disappointing in general. The pork belly was way too dry and fully overcooked. Cilantro dominated the taste of the dish and there just was not adequate meat on it. The Duck (braised duck, kimchee slaw, XO sauce, cilantro, 5 spice aioli) was balanced for the most portion, but the cilantro however came on powerful over the two sauces. The kimchee slaw did present a crunch and designed the texture extra enjoyable. The Veggie (roasted oyster mushrooms, spinach, sweet potato, caramelized onion, smoke ricotta cheese, tomatillo sauce) was interesting, but pretty mushroom heavy earning it chewy. The smoked ricotta presented a unique taste and wasn’t overdone in the dish.

Beef Brisket, Crab Cake, Kimchee FC

The Beef Brisket (beef brisket, fried jalapeno, pickled pink onion, cilantro, avocado lime crema) was a single of the better alternatives shockingly. The brisket was generally non-existant, but the fried jalapenos included a crunch and spiciness to the bun. The avocado lime crema added that twist of citrus and cooled the bun down. The Crab Cake (Maryland model crab cake, shredded lettuce, diced tomato, mustard aioli) was enjoyable for the most part. It was hearty, but the mustard aioli was a little bit of a skip. Finally, the Kimchee FC (kimchee fried chicken, kimchee butter, gochujang, cucumber, scallion, sriracha aioli) arrived completely ready to pack the warmth. The rooster was dried out, but the aioli, gochujang, and kimchee butter did the weighty lifting in this article.

The very best component of the bao is in fact the bao by itself. The buns are light-weight, ethereal, fluffy and were being cooked correctly. The trouble with Bend the Bao is the pricing and parts. The buns are not practically filled ample to justify the price. The good quality of elements is greater than typical and for the most component is fairly excellent. That staying explained, this buns really should be priced nearer to 3 for $13 or $14 or 2 for $10 at the quite most. It’s a topic park desired destination, so of training course it is likely to value extra than outdoors assets, but it’s nevertheless a minimal steep.

If you have not had bao before and this is the most effective way for you to check out it out, go for it. If you have a favored bao location at home, you must most likely go this one up except if you are truly in the temper for it. Regardless, it adds a new rapid services location for CityWalk and it is not just burgers and fries. If you’re wanting to travel to Universal Orlando shortly for Bend the Bao and you want to support us, make sure you take into consideration scheduling your up coming family vacation by way of Dreams Limitless Travel!