Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie is located Vancouver’s Chinatown on 163 Keefer St. – next to Juniper and the Keefer Bar. 寶貝, literally meaning “precious” or “dearest” is a Chinese styled brasserie. It is a modern Chinese restaurant in old Chinatown – an area once considered the unfashionable, the fringes is now hip and coveted. Now you see Torafuku, Fat Mao, Bodega, and Matchstick Coffee nearby.
Bao Bei is all about sharing. Handcrafted small dishes meant for sharing. A little bit of Taiwan, Shanghai, and Sichuan bundled together. If you are looking for sweet and sour pork or portions over flavors, this is not the place for you.
We’ve been to Bao Bei many times, but has also taken us so long just to put it on le blog. So long that the Gai Lan cocktail no longer exists on the menu. Nevermind. Few years ago when Bao Bei first opened, many would have taken a deep breath when former bartender Tannis Ling opened this charming Chinese restaurant with edgy concept. Those skeptical at the time probably would have green eyes knowing that Bao Bei is award-winning and is consistently packed with patrons.
Interior of the restaurant is mainly candlelit with earth tones, family portraits and rustic floral adornments.
Tonight I didn’t feel like drinking alcohol per se. So I optioned for the Hong Zhi. Beet juice, plum, and my favorite ginger beer. A refreshing and delicious drink nonetheless for this virgin.
Beef Tartare 17: Come to Bao Bei you have to order the tartare. Made with Pemberton beef tenderloin, preserved mustard root, crispy shallot, ginger, quail egg, watercress, burnt scallion oil and taro chips.
Crispy Tofu 5: Five dollars for two bricks of tofu is a little high on the sticker price. I agree. But the flavors of garlic sweet soy and fresh water chestnut makes up for it. If I didn’t want coffee later, I’d probably order another.
Spicy Noodles 17: braised lamb shoulder so tender it melts. Coconut curry, leeks, iceberg lettuce, bean sprouts, toasted seed ginger relish and cilantro. I love the complexity of the broth. The subtle heat is delicious. For those who want more spice, layer in some hot chili oil available on the table.
If this hadn’t been our second dinner, we probably could have ordered some more duck salad, crispy pork belly and kick ass house fried rice. We suggest adding a sunnyside up egg!
Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie 寶貝
Cuisine: Chinese, Modern
Mon 5:30 pm – 12:00 am
Tue 5:30 pm – 12:00 am
Wed 5:30 pm – 12:00 am
Thu 5:30 pm – 12:00 am
Fri 5:30 pm – 12:00 am
Sat 5:30 pm – 12:00 am
Sun 5:30 pm – 11:00 pm
163 Keefer St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1X3