Xiao Bao Charlotte
Okonomiyaki at Xiao Bao is now my favorite dish out of the all vendors at Optimist Hall! I ordered mine (not knowing exactly what I was getting) and had a runny egg added! Oh my goodness! What you get is a pancake made from shredded cabbage which is crisped up so nicely! And then the toppings drizzled on top (soy sauce reduction, garlic sauce, sriracha, Mayo sauce) all come together so nicely! The runny added just added a great richness! Im knocking one star off for my experience with the KFC. I was underwhelmed by the overpowering saltiness! The fried chicken piece was a large portion sandwiched between 2 buns. The sauce was just okay and the chicken was not moist enough to stand up to the buns.
Dont overlook this place, its incredible! The shrimp fried rice is by far the best fried rice Ive ever had! The papaya salad is spicy and delicious. The menu may be small but thats because they put everything, heart, soul, love and thought into each of the dishes they make. Highly suggest this place!!
Lawd Jaysus FRIED MOCHI. Ill get to that in a minute. Fried FREAKIN mochi. ok, Ill stop. The Good: if youre still with me, I need you to know that the fried Mochi here is possibly one of the best things to grace this good earth. I dream about it. I yearn for it. You complete me? Yes. Yes, you do. So crispy on the outside, so perfectly chewy on the inside. A filling expertly balanced with sweet and salty. This isnt good because I dont live far from OH. I also have a soy sensitivity and Im sure its laden with it. Why is this life so cruel? Anyway, their Papaya Salad was really good, too. We also got the Okonomiyaki, which I had never heard of until now. I think my mom mistakenly ordered it with EVERYTHING on it (egg, bacon, pork candy, and something else) because it was so much and so heavy for me. I dont digest large amounts of animal fats well and this was too much. I also wasnt a fan of the flavor combos of the bacon and the bits that were fishy. Thats on us though - not on the restaurant. I loved the cabbage and sauces so next time, Ill order the vegan version. You Keto folks should love the version we got, though. I dont really get the reviews saying the portion was small as we were stuffed after splitting this Okonomiyaki. The Meh: not getting the vegan version of the Okonomiyaki but, like I said, thats my fault. The Bad: the emptiness in my soul from not having FREAKIN FRIED MOCHI right meow Xiao Bao, I will be coming back for you.
Almost ever time we go to Optimist Hall, at least one person in our party gets the $10 KFC Sando, plus $7.50 fried brussel sprouts. They are both so good! The Korean Fries Chicken is big and juice, and there are bits of Chinese eggplant with the brussel sprouts in the garlic sauce. Yum!
I came here high out of my mind because i took too much of an edible, so high that I refused to give the girl at the counter my phone number because I thought I was signing up for a store gift card at Old Navy. The okonomiyaki was one of the best food experiences Ive ever had. Ever. Possibly because of the edible but also possibly because it was just really good. To the girl at the cash register: sorry for being weird!