BaoHaus is serving up authentic Taiwanese steamed buns right off Union Square. For under $4 bucks you can choose from their seven unique options plus rice bowls and fries. Each bao is served with a soft, pillowy bun that holds the contents well. The Chairman Bao is filled with braised pork belly, crushed peanuts, cilantro and Taiwanese red sugar. The pork belly is packed with flavor but not too fatty and the red sugar gives it an added sweet tang. The Haus Bao is made with beef cheek instead of pork belly that was tender, but not quite as tasty as the pork. The last bao was the Uncle Jesse, named after John Stamos' character on Full House since the actor is a vegetarian. The tofu is fried but not overly greasy and a nice way to end the meal after two meat baos. All in all, the place is great for a quick snack or a solid lunch if you order more than one. The taro fries are no slouch either.
238 E. 14 St (2nd Ave)