Behold, the latest fusion food you have to try if you’re traveling to Honolulu, Hawaii, or Las Vegas, Nevada — juicy, fluffy, and delicious birria bao buns from Aloha Mamacita.

But first, let’s break down what that means.

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Bao buns are a type of steamed and stuffed bun hailing from China. They’re typically made from a wheat-flour-based leavened dough, which means that yeast is used to help the dough rise. They are traditionally steamed, which helps with their characteristically fluffy texture, but some variations are fried or toasted for added texture. Traditional fillings can range from savory pork or beef to sweet ingredients like fruit jam or custard. A popular base for fusion creations today, bao buns have inspired everything from sandwiches to tacos, including as a vessel for birria in the case of Aloha Mamacita’s creations.

Birria is a Mexican dish from the state of Jalisco made of stewed meat, usually goat or beef, that’s been slow cooked in a tomato-based adobo broth with spices and herbs such as chili peppers, cumin, coriander, oregano, cinnamon, and cloves. It can be served in different ways depending on the region, but the most popular way to enjoy it is as birria tacos topped with additional ingredients like onions, cilantro, and lime.

Rather than a corn tortilla, at Aloha Mamacita, beef birria is stuffed into a taco-shaped bao bun with mozzarella cheese, red onions, and cilantro, and served alongside its consommé. That’s not the only fusion birria menu item on the menu either. You can get birria ramen, birria wraps, and birria bombs that are similar to jalapeno poppers, as well as more traditional birria tacos. Fried chicken bao buns are also on offer.

Where: 1130 N Nimitz Hwy Rm C110, Honolulu, HI 96817
Where: 4195 S Grand Canyon Dr Suite 104, Las Vegas, NV 89147