Epicerie Hao Montreal

Image by Melissa Salvaggio

Epicerie Hao – Bun counter

A minimalist, bao bun spot, stark in design but not in flavour. Owned by three siblings, it delivers carefully prepared steamed buns; Mom’s golden recipe. This tiny counter packages an experience worth a stop.

With only a few stools, expect this to be quick. Inspired by Tokyo travels, the bright space, wood and brass accents and stylish Aesop soap hints at simple and straight to the point. The point is their dense, puffy buns with plentiful fillings.

Hao will please both vegetarians and meat lovers, with only two menu choices of either pork or mushroom/tofu. The veg option is fixed with hoisin sauteed bell pepper, Japanese mayo, cilantro and a generous sprinkle of fried onion crunch. Next is organic pork shoulder decadently braised in soy and sesame sauce and topped with green onion, sesame seed and onion crisp.

When your bun duo arrives, prepare for take-off, with every bite better than the last; you’ll be just elated that there are two. Add cucumber salad marinated in rice vinegar, sesame and chili oil as a side, though I do prefer to have the taste of the buns linger.

Fairly new to the scene with talks of possible expansion, the discreet Hao has swiftly become a local favorite.

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Details about this spot



Rue Rachel Est 255, Montreal

Opening Times

Thu - Sat 12:00 - 15:00 & 17:00 - 19:00


Two buns: C$ 9.50


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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)