It’s no secret that social media has turned the culinary world on its head by influencing the way food is plated, served, and marketed. From flaky cronuts (aka croissant donuts) to chocolate-infused wine, crossbreeding has infiltrated the minds of home cooks and celebrity chefs alike. Today’s take combines one of New York City’s classic cuisines, the bagel, with the bao bun, a trendy street food.
Dubbed as the “Baogel,” it brings together the sesame bagel from Black Seed and the sweet pork belly from Nom Wah Kuai in NYC. Consider it a western spin on the steamed, filled buns that originate in Asia. The pork belly is wrapped in the bagel dough, baked to golden perfection, and served hot with a side of chili cream cheese.
So, what exactly is it—a snack, a breakfast dish, a reimagined dinner only New Yorkers would dream up? Classify it as you wish. The cross-cultural creation will be available at all NYC Black Seed Bagel locations, as well as the Nom Wah Kuai location at Canal Street Market throughout the month of November for $8.50.