The modern Chinese-inspired bar has reopened after the frustrating pandemic and the ensuing lockdown, and has launched Bā hào Leap Forward, a new campaign to introduce its brand-new cocktails and menus.
Since it opened, the Bā hào crew has always created a storyline around its cocktail creations to boost the dining and drinking experience of its guests. This time around, they’re introducing A Boi, a fictional character who represents the Chinese-influenced backgrounds of each of the owners and the beautiful narratives surrounding the cultures of Yaowarat. A Boi acts a guide through the new dishes and drinks the bar is serving.
To start off, there are three new appetizers: Taro Balls with Ginger Mayo (B148), Sesame Shrimp Toast with sweet plum sauce (B218), and BBQ Pork Sheng Jian Bao (B168). Of the three, it’s the bao that stands out. The soft buns are made with nutty black sesame and are a perfect complement to the smoky sweetness of the barbecued pork.
Up next are two soups that give a new twist to classics. There’s the Quail Egg Drop (B148), Bā hào’s take on the well-known sweet and sour Szechuan dish that’s packed with shredded omelette for a more complex texture; and Dried Scallop and Chicken Soup (B168), a lip-smacking-good slurper that’s meant to cleanse the palate and, even better, sober you up after way too many happy-hour drinks.
For heavy eaters, the bar has Caramelized Pork Belly with Morning Glory (B248) served with sweet pumpkin buns, and Steamed Plum Pork on Rice (B188), a porridge that’s guaranteed to fill up the belly and warm the soul.
The bar has also come up with new cocktails to complement the new food menu. Bā hào’s mixology team has designed a range that incorporates savory Chinese flavors. No. 8 Drop (B318) is a coffee-based cocktail with a hint of braised pork sauce, while Chakra Circle (B268) mixes fermented kumquat with refreshing sparkling wine and ginseng to recreate the taste of birds nest soup, but in a cocktail.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, a selection of dessert cocktails, such as Soya Sesame Dumpling (B268) and Kankee Remedy (B288), promises to please sweet tooths. Mocktails are also available for the alcohol-intolerant and, yes, they are as good as their cocktail counterparts! Try Leaf Blade (B168), a pandan-infused green tea with tonic water.
With the new normal in place, Bā hào is maximizing the drinking and dining experience by establishing longer opening hours. The bar welcomes all guests on both the first floor and a new space on the second floor (only during this period) from 11:30 to 15:30, and opens again from 17:30 to 24:00.