BaoBar is a restaurant in El Retiro with very good and authentic Singaporean food. This restaurant was created by a Singaporean and her Colombian husband.

The restaurant was started by Singaporean Yan and her Colombian husband Jose. Yan and Jose moved to Medellín after living in Singapore. And after living in Medellín, Yan started missing food from home.

They started out cooking for friends and neighbors. Also they started selling mochi ice cream to restaurants in El Retiro and El Poblado and later opened the BaoBar restaurant in August 2018 in Parque Llleras.

Also, they opened a second restaurant in El Retiro in July 2019. But the first location in Parque Lleras was closed in October 2019. So, there is only BaoBar located in El Retiro now.

This restaurant serves authentic Singaporean food that is consistently good in my experience. When I was younger I lived overseas in Indonesia and my family traveled to Singapore frequently. So, I have experienced the real and authentic food of Singapore. Note the above photos are courtesy of BaoBar.

Women behind the kitchen at this restaurant, photo courtesy of BaoBar

Women behind the kitchen at this restaurant, photo courtesy of BaoBar

From Yan, a Founder of BaoBar

Here is some more of the history of Yan, one of the founders of BaoBar:

I found my first love through my 15 years of working in a food magazine in Singapore. My experience in Wine & Dine & Appetite magazine gave me great opportunities to work with great chefs from around the world. It was through organizing cooking classes & wine dinners for my readers that I picked up useful skills, tips and recipes from them.

When I moved from Singapore to Colombia with my family, I put my culinary skills to use as I had plenty of time on hand. I started baking Chinese New Year cookies since I was missing my home food.

What started as a hobby passing time, letting my neighbors and friends savor my cooking, led me to an exciting business adventure. From selling mochi ice cream in restaurants in El Retiro & El Poblado to opening my own restaurant BaoBar.

Kong Bak (pork belly) Bao

Kong Bak (pork belly) Bao

The Food Menu

The menu at BaoBar has many typical Singaporean dishes including:

  • Bao – they have nine different types of Bao on the menu including beef, fish (Tilapia), Kong Bak (pork belly), shredded pork, satay chicken, Har Cheong Gai (fried chiken), egg yolk prawns, Char Siu Bao (BBQ pork) and vegetables for 8,800 to 16,800 pesos for two.
  • Dumplings – they have several types of dumplings on the menu including minced beef, seafood, minced pork with prawns and mushrooms and spinach.  These are sold in a Dim Sum for two of each for a total of eight for 32,000 pesos or sold in three, four or six dumplings of the same type for 15,000 to 18,000 pesos.
  • Vegetarian – there are six vegetarian options on the menu for 12,000 to 26,000 pesos.
Laksa noodles soup, which is a freshly made noodle soup with spicy coconut broth served with prawns, chicken and egg

Laksa noodles soup, which is a freshly made noodle soup with spicy coconut broth served with prawns, chicken and egg

  • Main noodles and rice dishes – there are nine options with prices ranging from 16,800 to 22,000 pesos. And I highly recommend the Laksa noodles, which is recommended by the chef and is a freshly made noodle soup with spicy coconut broth served with prawns, chicken and egg for 22,000 pesos (Laksa is only served on Thursday to Saturday).
Menu del dia, photo courtesy of BaoBar

Menu del dia, photo courtesy of BaoBar

Also, they have menu del dia (menu of the day), which is offered from 12:30 to 2:30 pm on Monday to Friday (until the end of June). This menu del dia includes a glass of lemongrass tea, two vegetable dumplings and two baos of the same choice [satay chicken/Kong Bak (pork belly) /shredded pork /Har Cheong Gai (fried chicken)] for 19,800 pesos.

Finally, there are three desserts on the menu for 4,500 to 7,500 pesos.

Some of the menu options displayed outside the restaurant in Parque Lleras that closed in October 2019

Some of the menu options displayed outside the restaurant in Parque Lleras that closed in October 2019

The Drink Menu

BaoBar has a very small drink menu. There are three beers for 5,000 to 5,800 pesos. And there is a cup of house wine for 5,800 pesos. And there is are options of a bottle of red or white wine for 30,000 pesos.

In addition, there are several teas on the menu for 3,000 to 4,500 pesos and a coffee for 3,000 pesos. Also, there are two juices for 4,500 and 5,500 pesos. And there are several waters on the menu for 2,000 to 3,500 pesos.

How to Get to BaoBar

BaoBar is located in El Retiro, which isn’t very far from the Medellín International Airport. BaoBar used to have a restaurant located Parque Lleras in El Poblado but this location closed in October 2019.

Taxis or Uber are other options to get to El Retiro. Most taxi or Uber drivers in Medellín will know where El Retiro is located.

Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/baobarsingapore/

Address: Carrera 20 #34-130, Centro Commercial Media Luna, local 114, El Retiro, Antioquia

Phone: +57 321 669 1673

Hours:  Monday to Saturday: 12:30 pm to 9:00 pm; Sunday and holidays: Closed.

Payment accepted: Only cash, no credit cards.

The Best Asian Restaurants in Medellín

On the Medellin Guru website, we have looked at eight of the best Asian restaurants and we plan to look at one or two more.

  1. Halong Vietnamita – a popular Vietnamese restaurant in El Poblado with very good Vietnamese food.
  2. Cuon – a popular Asian restaurant in El Pobaldo with a fusion of dishes from different countries in Asia.
  3. Lemoncillo – a hidden gem Vietnamese restaurant in Envigado with very good Vietnamese food.
  4. Korea House – a popular Korean restaurant in Laureles with authentic Korean food.
  5. Eden Bistro – a popular Korean restaurant in El Poblado with authentic Korean food.
  6. BaoBar – a restaurant in El Retiro with very good and authentic Singaporean food.
  7. District 1 – a restaurant in El Poblado with authentic Vietnamese food.
  8. Oppa Asado Coreano and Oppa Rolo Coreano – two small Korean restaurants in Laureles and El Poblado with authentic Korean food.

I like Asian food having lived in Asia for five years when I was younger. And I am aware of at least one other good Asian restaurant we plan to cover.

However, so far in over eight years living in Medellín I haven’t found a really good Chinese restaurant, even though there are many Chinese restaurants in the Medellín area.

Also, I really like Thai food. And there are some Thai restaurants in Medellín. But I haven’t yet found a Thai restaurant in Medellín that I consider good.  So, we don’t plan to cover any of the Chinese or Thai restaurants in Medellín unless we discover one that is good.

BaoBar in El Retiro, photo courtesy of BaoBar

BaoBar in El Retiro, photo courtesy of BaoBar

The Bottom Line: BaoBar – Authentic Singaporean Food in Medellín

BaoBar has some good Singaporean food but unfortunately its Parque Lleras location closed in October 2019 and now the restaurant only has a location in El Retiro.

If you like authentic Singaporean food, we recommend this restaurant in El Retiro.

Readers, what is your favorite Asian restaurant in Medellín?

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Editors Note: updated on October 25, 2019 with information that the Parque Lleras location of BaoBar is closed and now the restaurant only has a location in El Retiro.