It is easy to be transported when eating at Xiao Bao Biscuit, where centerpieces of fire engine red chopsticks in mason jars decorate the tables. Not only does the gas station-turned restaurant make you feel like you are somewhere other than Spring Street, but there are also menu items from various Asian destinations. I’m not talking standard pad thai and chicken + broccoli—I’m talking a menu that has been thought up by a master cuisiner. XBB was also a nominee on Bon Appetit’s “50 Best New Restaurants in America,” also listed was previously blogged, The Ordinary.
The menu goes something like this–small plates and large plates; divided into regional flavors where the dishes got their inspiration. My date and I opted to get a mixture of small plates.
Starting with two different salads, we dined on the spicy eggplant salad and papaya salad. The papaya salad was light and refreshing while the eggplant woke up your taste buds.
After reading reviews about the pork belly, it was clear that Xiao would be the place where pork belly would make its debut into my tummy. The belly was oh so tender, and the sauce that went with it was the perfect compliment.
We also ordered the mapo chicken wings (my date happens to be a wing fanatic). The wings tested like candy, perfectly glazed, and perfect crunchiness and texture.
I can’t wait to get a hankering for Asian again, we all know, it will be very soon.
Who I would take as my date: A Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean food lover!