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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Crispy Garlic Tofu from Chairman Bao

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click to enlarge Steamed bao duo: Lions head meatball with kimchi (left) and crispy garlic tofu with miso greens ($2.95 each). - JOHN BIRDSALL
  • John Birdsall
  • Steamed bao duo: Lions head meatball with kimchi (left) and crispy garlic tofu with miso greens ($2.95 each).
Wednesday, July 7, 2010

In San Francisco's Summer of the Food Truck, a few stars are emerging. Top of the list is

Chairman Bao, which, despite a rollout slick enough to generate a flutter of bicoastal controversy, is delivering the goods. The menu splits along the bao dichotomy of baked or steamed. Baked: shiny, sweet burger-bun rounds calibrated for sandwich diehards. It's the delicately spongy steamed bao that best show off the Chairman's half-dozen fillings. Nicely fatty five-spice-scented pork belly, say, with its shaggy ruffle of yellow-pickled daikon slices, or plush shards of soft duck with mango slices that taste as if they'd been lightly poached in brine.

click to enlarge TAMARA PALMER
  • Tamara Palmer
Our favorite, though, is crispy garlic tofu, a slab with the dimensions of toaster hash browns, coated with frizzled, golden panko. It's topped with blanched bok choy leaves, and a sort of vegannaise, a mayo-like drizzle that gets its body from blended tofu, seasoned with garlic and white miso. Good enough to get us to head to Brisbane (a frequent stop) for lunch ― and that's a phrase we thought we'd never hear ourselves utter.

Chairman Bao Truck Parked today at Mississippi and 17th Street, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; check Twitter for updates

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