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First look: Bao House

Beijing’s first proper food truck opens in Sanlitun

Sean Silbert

What is it? Bao House is a food truck in Taikoo Li North run by swank hotel The Opposite House. For the rest of the warm season they’ll be serving gourmet street food out on the patio near the hotel. The intention is to get you outside, whether that’s picking up some grub on the way to work or eating small bites with a beer in their al fresco seating area. It’s pretty simple, really – gourmet baozi and mantou sandwiches, putting an upmarket spin on street food staples. It’ll be there for a few more months, after which it will move to the East Hotel near 798.


What’s on the menu? Classy, modern twists on old-school buns, basically; moist baozi and mantou stuffed full of top-shelf goodies. The menu, designed by the team at the hotel’s Village Café, leans towards a more contemporary, modernist take on the snack; filling them with wagyu beef and black truffle (48RMB) or curried seabass and kaffir lime (38RMB). There’s also a traditional option – pork and onions (18RMB) – for stick-in-the-muds. The thick mantou bun is split open and filled with pork belly, pickles and crispy peanuts (48RMB) or lemongrass pork (38RMB) for a sandwich with Chinese characteristics. Slow Boat beer is also served on tap, if you fancy a brew in the sun.


We say Beijing’s first proper food truck is a resounding success. The combination of tasty fusion food that actually works, plus plenty of The Opposite House’s trademark super-slick touches, makes for a top spot to try something new and watch the world go by. Seriously, this place is awesome.

Bao House Outside the Opposite House, Taikoo Li North, 11 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang district (6417 6688). Open midday-9pm daily. 朝阳区朝阳区三里屯路11

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