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[Photograph: Christine Chung]

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.


120 MacDougal Street, New York, NY 10012 (map)


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