Our Story

Mean Bao is a small and mighty family run company serving steamed buns (Chinese baos) and dim sum. The baos are freshly steamed with a pillowy texture, while dim sum is handmade and steamed to order. The concept was created in June 2013, with the first location located in a food court in OCAD University (Ontario College of Arts and Design). From the beginning, our vision was to bring our family favourites in a different format – capturing the millennial “foodie” spirit in our family’s younger generation, supported by wisdom of uncles who have extensive restaurant experience. A joint family effort supported steady expansion in the Toronto area as Mean Bao captured the attention of local blogs and press as well as local foodies on the likes of instagram and Facebook. A second location was opened the in the heart of Toronto’s trendy Queen West area in 2014 and a third location opened in Leslieville, an urban neighbourhood in Toronto known for its tight knit community and young professional families. The three locations have captured three different formats (I) food court (ii) takeout counter with limited bar seating and (iii) fast casual. All three locations are experiencing double digit growth and the company is actively exploring expansion opportunities.

We execute Mean Bao franchise system based on three very important pillars:


Unique Asian Food

The concept is trendy and yet sustainable. We are the only bao focused concept in town, set on revolutionizing Asian food with unique dim sum dishes inspired by Toronto’s diverse cultures that capture the millennial foodie spirit.

Franchisee Centric Mindset

We respect you as a Partner not just a Franchisee. We genuinely see you as a trusted Partner, not just a Franchisee. We make decisions based on your investment goals and ensuring your success is our success. Our mind set is that it’s our job to ensure you are equipped to make your initial investment back in 3 to 4 years. Accordingly, we make every decision in site selections, equipment purchases and leasehold improvements with such perimeter. We are not afraid to walk away from any location, if we don’t have mutual confidence that you can make your return of investment goals. A win-win mindset!

Continuous Support

We are in the people business. Our experienced team that built Mean Bao from the ground up knows what it takes to succeed- and it’s more than just three weeks of training. We are strong believers of on-going support in every aspect of the process.

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