Victoria Food Review: Bao in Chinatown

Part of a series on our trip to Victoria in May 2019.

We came to Chinatown in search of KFC, or Korean Fried Chicken, the latest fried chicken craze. Yelp led us to Bao, which had good reviews and was close to Fan Tan Alley, which we wanted to check out.

The place turned out to be much smaller than we expected. Fortunately, we still managed to find seats for our party of eight. You line up to order at the counter and get your own water. We ordered bao and the fried chicken bowl for the adults, and ramen for the kids.

The bao was really, really good. We had a peanut allergy in our party and they were able to accommodate that. I also enjoyed their KFC bibimbap and ramen, though Mr. TwK thought the rice bowl was a little heavy on kimchi and on the spicy side. Their food tends toward heavily spiced and flavored, so I wouldn’t consider it a particularly kid-friendly place. Our kids did eat the pork belly ramen, which was not spicy.

However, after we left Bao, we discovered that next door on the corner was a great café that sells kid-friendly food like mac and cheese along with cakes and tarts. This would be a great place to get some grub for kids who aren’t into the more interesting foods you might want to try in Chinatown. We got a huge slice of chocolate cake and a fruit tart to go. The chocolate cake was to die for.

After that we strolled through Fan Tan Alley, which is apparently the narrowest street in Canada. It’s very picturesque with a lot of interesting shops to check out on either side. One of the things we found most interesting was the addresses, which say things like 23 ½ and 18 ½.

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