A Sandwich A Day: Bimbibao Bun at BaoBQ
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West Village spot BaoBQ specializes in a super affordable spread of Vietnamese street eats, including fun-sized steamed buns. Banh mi and lunch combo meals aside, the bao make an enticing appearance on the rather long-winded menu. At three dollars a pop, you can get a few, with room to spare for a side or two.
The bimbibao bun ($3) is a tasty melange of pulled pork, kimchi, and hot bean sauce. In other words, it's an Asian take on a classic American staple, the pulled pork sandwich. Spicy kimchi adds some necessary spice to the bao, which despite featuring tender, well-cooked pork, could use a bit more more flavor. A sprig of cilantro and a surprise slice of jalapeno also keep it a bit more interesting, and within the Vietnamese flavor spectrum.
The bao is marketed as having "bulgogi-style pulled pork", although it should be noted that Korean-style bulgogi generally refers to beef, and a certain marinated barbecue flavor. Nomenclature aside, the boas here still go down easy, especially when paired with one of the refreshingly simple green papaya salads.