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Momo Baohaus

Bao… You know that soft steamed Chinese bun filled with delicious ingredients. The bun is light and airy and oh so delicious. Yeah that good stuff. I’ve been having difficulty finding good bao in Pretoria so when Momo Baohaus caught my eye as I was passing Greenside in Joburg I knew that’s where I was having lunch.

Momo Baohaus serves Asian dishes and specialises in bao, bowls (rice, noodles, and wokked greens), and sushi. And every dish on the menu looks tasty.

Some treats before ordering

From the street the restaurant looked empty but as soon as we were standing outside my friends and I were shocked by how full the restaurant was. We got the last table! And we still had to turn it into a table for 3.

As soon as we were seated menus appeared and a couple minutes later (yes, two minutes) a waiter was ready to take our drinks order. A friend and I decided to be adventurous and tried the Turkish delight lemonade and the lemongrass yuzu ginger beer. Surprisingly, the lemonade wasn’t too sweet. And it was tasty. The ginger beer was also tasty and had a bit of a tart taste and a bit acidic. But both drinks were delicious and refreshing.

Lemongrass yuzu ginger beer and Turkish delight lemonande

For food we wanted to order everything or at least I wanted to order everything. We started off with tapas: Korean fried chicken wings (spicy, crispy and dripping with sauce. So yummy); stir fried greens spring rolls (bland but the sweet chili sauce made it enjoyable); and the szechuan prawn wontons (the best of the 3: spicy, tender, and mouth-watering). The wontons are a must.

After that tasty treat we ordered bowls and bao. The Kung Pow bao definitely has a kick, thanks to the  gochujang (a red chili paste that is sweet, savoury, and spicy). The beef was crunchy and the bao was tender and sweet. It was perfect.

For the bowls we ordered the szechuan (chicken with noodles); Bangkok (beef with jasmine rice); and Seoul (beef with noodles). The szechuan bowl was the best of out all 3. The chicken was tender and spicy and the sauce was delicious. Definitely a dish to try. The Bangkok was also delicious but it could’ve had just a bit of sauce. Nonetheless the beef was delicious. The Seoul dish was also tasty. Although I having more than one shiitake mushroom would’ve been great and the beef was a bit too crunchy for me. Still, all the bowls were cooked well and were unique and tasty.

The food at Momo Baohaus is delicious and flavourful. Many of the dishes leave you craving for more. And the dishes are huge so you have enough for later in the day or for the next morning (when the flavours will be even stronger).

The service is also great! There was almost no wait between the dishes, which created only one problem: we ran out of space on the table.

I give Momo Baohaus 3.5 cupcakes (and order the wontons):

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Active Sushi

The best part of living in a coastal city is the wide array of fresh seafood that is available any where you go (well at least majority of places 😉 ). And there’s nothing better than fresh sushi. Sushi has been an ever-present meal in my life. However, it started off on a bad note. My first sushi experience involved 12 year old me attempting to recreate sushi I watched being made on a non-food show. Sounds promising already, doesn’t it? Rice cooked, salmon and wasabi lined up, and the maki was rolled. It rolled quite easily actually. Then I took a bit and my eyes immediately started watering. I had been over-zealous with the wasabi. Come to think of it, I have no idea why I added a layer of wasabi to the nori. Aside from the crazy spiciness of the wasabi the taste completely freaked me out. I couldn’t comprehend how people enjoyed eating this. It was raw fish!

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Thinking about it now, it’s funny how sushi is one of my favourite dishes to eat. I don’t think I could go without it. Clearly my first, second and third experiences didn’t deter me 😛 . Now, eating amazing sushi has become a weekly thing. To the point of where I daydream of inari. Which leads me to gush about my new favourite sushi place in Cape Town: Active Sushi.

Active Sushi is has 2 restaurants: one at the Portside Building (below the FNB building) and one at the Mirage Building. Both venues offer an “all you can eat” sushi special that runs every day for R139, however, the Mirage does offer more varieties.

I’ve been to Active Sushi a few times in the past few months and the quality of the food has always been great! I always have a few portions of the salmon sashimi, salmon roses, chili prawn inari, salmon inari, New York roll and Spicy Roll 1. The salmon is always fresh so the sashimi is always delicious. I must admit that I’ve had better salmon roses but the roses are tasty as well.

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My favourite is the inari – that’s what I salivate over every week. For the chili prawn, Active Sushi adds a chili sauce, which has 7 spices, to it that’s extremely spicy on it’s own but works fantastically with the prawns. Explaining the chili prawn inari just doesn’t do it justice. You’re just going to have to take my word for it and try it! 😉 . The salmon inari is just as yummy! Instead of a sauce, the 7 spices are sprinkled over the salmon. This, I must admit, leaves a burning sensation in your mouth, but I can’t handle spicy food.

The california rolls are always intriguing to me. The New York Roll is smoked salmon, avo and cream cheese. Cream cheese? Who would put on that on sushi. But it’s delicious. The smoked salmon and cream cheese pair well as the cream cheese provides some sweetness. The Spicy Roll 1 is spicy salmon (using 7 spices), sesame oil, avo and spring onion. It’s basically the same as the salmon inari but wrapped in rice. It’s still tasty and spicy.

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I’m sure you’ve noticed that I haven’t had any tuna sushi. I’m not a fan a raw tuna. However, being adventurous I tried the seared tuna sashimi, which tasted odd to me. It was rubbery in the middle and cooked on the outside so it didn’t sit well with me. But my friends woofed the raw and seared tuna down.

Active Sushi is my favourite sushi place in Cape Town and there’s many sushi places in Cape Town. I enjoy the great seafood quality and the vibe of the place. The staff are also very friendly and very patient.

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I give Active Sushi 2 and a half cupcakes 🙂

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