After a week of soup, porridge and Gastrolyte, we were craving for some proper, solid, flavoursome food. We decided to have dinner at Chatswood because XW needed to replace her phone there. Unsure of where to go, I recalled J bringing me to a small Taiwanese place called Bao Dao and so that was where I recommended.
Located just next to Westfield Chatswood along the same row of shops as Moochi, they had a few tables for outdoor seating and had colourful Chinese paper lanterns aglow indoors.
We were greeted by a very friendly woman, presumably the manager/owner of the place who quickly seated us and handed us the menu. They had an open kitchen concept and we had to place our orders and pay at the counter before food was served.
Ignoring the fact that we were all recovering from a bout of gastroentiritis, we shared a serve of Baodao sticky rice with pork sauce ($6.60). So obvious that this was XW's choice because she's a sucker for sticky rice. It was like our rice dumpling but a healthier version with vegetables.
XW, D and S had Baodao half and half spicy beef noodle soup ($11.00). S had one bowl to herself while XW and D shared a bowl, which they more or less licked clean. They thoroughly enjoyed the soup.
I had a serve of pork sauce on rice ($6.60), which although was small, was just right for dinner. The pork was tender and the pickled vegetables gave it a refreshing contrast in taste.
The one thing I said that we must all have was the gwa bao or pork belly burger ($4.50), which was very similar to those at Ippudo but had a lot more ingredients (minus the mayo that Ippudo uses). This is the must order dish, in my opinion.
When you get bored with all the other places in Chatswood, do consider this place that is tucked away in a corner. Clean, no fuss and friendly, they accept card payments, too.
Shop 8, 376 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood, NSW 2067, Australia
Tel: +61 2 9419 6290; E-mail: email@example.com
Sunday to Wednesday 11:00am to 9:00pm
Thursday to Saturday 11:00am to 9:30pm