We stumbled across this place, Wow Bao, on the ground floor of a huge, blingy, 80's-style mall on Michigan Avenue. My friend Ido had mentioned it to me, so I was ecstatic that we randomly came across it. A fast food joint of exclusively Chinese steamed buns! Their tagline is Hot Asian Buns, which is hilarious. The name Wow Bao is genius though, don't you think?
There are a few Wow Baos around Chicago. This one is literally right when you walk through the revolving doors of the Water Tower mall. Check out the marble-- SO DONALD TRUMP! On a side note, we noticed that Chicago is really big on revolving doors.
This entire experience "Wow-ed" me. (Come on, laugh). First of all, you can order on these touch screen computers! Just like at the movie theater. Minimal human interaction-- sign me up! Check this out.
This is the true definition of fast food. These computers should be mandatory everywhere. I felt like I was in Hong Kong or in a warped William Gibsonian universe or something.
Now, we just wait with everyone else. The prep space of the front was so tiny, but used so well. Check out this range hood.
They also make their own ginger ale, which was pretty good. Matt overheard a lady in line ask her friend, "Do you want some Asian soda?", about the ginger ale. OMG DYING!
Alright, on to the actual HOT ASIAN BUNS.
We brought them back to the hotel room for a late afternoon snack.
We got a 6-pack of Spicy Kung Pao Chicken, Spicy Mongolian Beef, and BBQ Pork. We opened the box and thought, "Hey, how are we supposed to know which is which?"
But Wow Bao is smarter than you.
The actual HOT ASIAN BUNS weren't as good as we would have liked. Pretty salty, as you may imagine.
But you know what, the entire concept of this place, from start to finish is pretty awesome that it didn't really bother me that the actual product wasn't stellar. I mean, if I were walking around the center of town and had a hankering for a HOT ASIAN BUN in an area where Asian food is extremely scarce, and I could actually score one of these for $1.50... well, I'll take what I can get.
God Bless America. And the HOT ASIAN BUN.
Inside main entrance of Water Tower Place
835 North Michigan Avenue