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Sari Sari Store x Little Bao Pop-Up

Sari Sari Store is a Filipino concept located in Downtown LA’s Grand Central Market from République Chefs Margarita and Walter Manzke. On Friday, August 23 & Saturday, August 24, the Chefs welcomed May Chow, Asia’s Best Female Chef 2017, of Hong Kong’s Little Bao for a 2-day pop-up at Sari Sari Store.  In Tagalog, “sari sari” translates to “whatever” and is used to describe small stores that sell everything from candy to skewers. During the takeover, a menu of dishes from Little Bao including Szechuan Fried Chicken Baos and an Ice Cream Bao made in collaboration with Chef Margarita Manzke were available in the store.          

Sari Sari Store x Little Bao Pop-Up
Friday, August 23 & Saturday, August 24, 2019

Fried Mushrooms $6
Szechuan peppercorn oil, chili, lemon 

Brussel Sprouts $9.50
Fish sauce caramel, chili, peanuts, lime 

Shrimp Tacos $12
Fried shrimp wonton, szechuan oil marinated pineapple salsa, homemade avocado sauce

Pork Belly Bao $9.50
Slow-braised pork belly, sesame mayo, hoisin ketchup, shiso leek salad

Fried Chicken Bao $9.50
Chinkiang black vinegar glaze, szechuan peppercorn mayo, coleslaw

Ice Cream Bao $5
Coconut or black sesame ice cream made in collaboration with Chef Margarita Manzke

No reservations required. Please note that the regular Sari Sari Store menu will not be available throughout the pop-up.


With a reputation for creating unexpected flavor twists, mixing fine dining techniques and traditional ingredients, May Chow has garnered a loyal following of diners as well as critical acclaim; being named Asia’s Best Female Chef 2017. Chow burst onto Hong Kong’s foodie scene in 2013 with Little Bao; a hipster haven serving inimitable Chinese burgers. Five years later, diners are still lining up outside for a taste. In 2018, Little Bao expands into a new location in Causeway Bay. Little Bao’s instantly recognizable baby head sign has become a Hong Kong icon, while Chow’s Chinese-American burger invention continues to turn heads and her top-notch drink selections keep tongues wagging.

In 2017 Chow’s Chinese heritage and American upbringing inspired the opening of Happy Paradise. Here, Chow reinvigorates classic recipes and underappreciated ingredients; forging the future direction of local cuisine without losing any of its original essence. The results are equally satisfying for nostalgic locals as for neophiles seeking out a brand new experience.

Chow’s success is due to more than her style and creativity; her work is underwritten by dynamic cross-cultural knowhow. Her popularity stems from skill as an innovator – always looking for the next inspiration – and her understanding of what makes diners really tick.