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Saucy Porka Serves Up Delicious Bao Bun Tacos

Just be sure to stock up on some napkins before you dig in.

Marinated shrimp, beef short rib, and chicken curry “bacos”   Photo: Anna Knott

Having a meal at Saucy Porka, a bustling sit-down spot in the Loop, feels a little like ordering from a food truck. Which is fitting, since former food trucker Amy Le (DucknRoll) created this breakfast-and-lunch joint.

The line is long but moves fast, which may induce a slight panic attack over deciding from the list of inventive Latin-Asian mash-ups. Should you try a shrimp “baco,” sofrito-marinated shrimp and piquant mojo slaw folded inside a steamed bao bun ($3.50)? Maybe the namesake Saucy Porka banh mi piled with tender carnitas and garlicky kimchi ($8.25, with soda or cassava chips)? How about a short rib rice bowl crammed with miso-braised beef, crunchy napa cabbage, carrots, and al dente coconut rice ($11)? “No rush,” the smiling server reassures you.

A few bites in, you’re already saucy. Don’t worry, they have wipes. 400 S. Financial Pl., 312-662-1351

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