Bite of the Week: Fried Chicken Bao at Dumpling


Fried Chicken Bao from Dumpling in South Minneapolis // Photo by Tony Saunders

Bite of the Week is a weekly feature showcasing an exceptional meal or dish, curated by The Growler. We’d like to thank Dual Citizen Brewing Company for their underwriting support.

Generally, the word “bao” conjures up the soft, pillowy, fist-sized steamed pork dumplings that crowd dim sum carts from coast to coast. It does not, in general, have anything to do with a sandwich.

The folks at Dumpling have turned this analysis on its head with their Fried Chicken Bao ($12) a banh mi-esque spin on the dish that uses a big, chewy-yet-yielding oval-shaped steamed bun as a vehicle for flat, juicy, crispy pieces of fried chicken, tomatoes, pickles, and a tangy mayo sauce. The combination of bun-plus-meat-plus-sauce-plus-pickles is an old classic for many obvious reasons, but there’s nothing at all boring about it in this context: this sandwich is a gorgeous combination of tart, tangy, soft, crunchy, meaty and crispy that makes it highly entertaining and downright delicious. It’s a no-fail concept executed with love and care, and that makes it worth seeking out—and celebrating.

The Fried Chicken Bao from Dumpling // Photo by Tony Saunders

The Dish: Fried Chicken Bao, $12

The Place: Dumpling, 4004 Minnehaha Avenue South, Minneapolis

The Reason: Perfect balance and a bao bun to die for make this sandwich a meal to remember.

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