Potentially about to start a feud with the rest of my family with what I’m about to say but I’m right, they’re wrong, I’m big and they’re small. Sun Fresh Baos are where it is at and even if it took me 30 years to learn this, good things come to those who wait.
New Town vs. Sun Fresh. Battle of the century. Who’s bao reigns supreme?
New Town is the only way it’s ever been in my family but I can’t go back to that garbage now that I’ve had Sun Fresh. My mother, father, and sister will disagree with me (and they definitely did this past weekend) but you can’t teach old dogs new tricks and they don’t know how to eat anyway.
Located in the heart of Vancouver’s Chinatown on Keefer Street, Sun Fresh is just a tiny hole in the wall where you can order baos, dim sum, and an assortment of Chinese pastries and cakes. Blink once and you might just miss it.
Half of Ian’s heart belongs to Bao (the other half to me obviously), so every time I work in the area, I try to bring him bao and when I learned these ones were the size of my actual face, it was game over. Call me a Size Queen and you’d be right but not only is this bao bigger but the meat to bun ratio is very good.
Dai Bao, which translates to Big Bun, is a family favourite and is stuffed with pork, ham, green onion, and a golden egg yolk.
If I’m being honest, I am not a big Dai Bao fan because it’s just got too many things going on but I will vouch for their Chicken and Veg Bao because it is so fluffy and so moist and as big as a newborn baby.
I will, however, tell you to avoid the Deep Fried Glutinous Pork Dumplings (Ham Sui Got) though because I have your back and even if their buns are great, these deep fried dumplings are not. Too greasy, too doughy, and not enough meat – my best advice is to just say no.
For $2 something, their bao is a steal and a half and you bet your bottom dollar I would buy again. I am Team Sun Fresh and if you are Team New Town, I’m sure you’re a real nice person but I don’t think we can sit together.