I’m eating 100 Items off of 7 X 7s SF Big Eat List. You can see the rest of entries to this series here. Sacramento has a burgeoning food truck scene and every few months a local group has been organizing a mobile food festival called Sactomofo. The third incarnation was located within walking distance of my house. Even better? There was a Big Eat venue on the list of out of town attendees. Thank you so much Sactomofo organizers for bringing Chairman Bao to me!
#37 Pork Belly Bun at Chairman Bao
The upside of this scenario is that I did not have to figure out how to find this truck on a random day in San Francisco, the downside is that Sactomofo is crazy busy with hour-long lines at all the trucks. Not exagerating at all, Sacramentans are food truck crazy.
By the time we got to the front of the line everyone around me was getting grumpy. "This better be worth it" grunted the guy behind me. I couldn't help thinking the same. I was hungry cold and very concerned that I would be dissapointed.
I needn't have worried. It was extraordinary. Chairman Bao does a modern take on buns. They have two kinds baked and steamed. The baked are split in half like a sandwhich and the steamed are rolled up like a puffy taco. If I had to choose one to love forever in domestic partnership I would go with the Big Eat list and pick the pork belly. The pork was absolutely luscious and piled with pickled daikon to cut the richness. The bun itself was both toasted and soft. I feel jealous of myself just by looking at the picture. Memories....
This is an example of a steamed bun, I don't remember exactly what these were. One was tofu and one was, uh, something else delicious? It was all so good that everything dissapeared before I had the chance to store the wonder of each one in my long term memory.
Ugh, more mystery deliciousness. I'm sorry dear readers. I've failed you! I have no idea what kind of bun this way, all I can say, is eat it!
Verdict: I waited in line for an hour to eat this and I didn't get pissed. Instead my friends and I shoved them in our faces with a glee that is almost indecent. If that's not a glowing review, I don't know what is.