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I stumbled on a mom-and-pop kim chi shop on Airport near Lamar, and I got a sudden hankering for the Vietnamese bakeries of my youth.

Specifically, I'm looking for places that (a) make fresh tofu, (b) make che (the Vietnamese desert) on the spot or (c) make a good banh bao. The MT supermarket has some varieties of che and a pretty pathetic banh bao, but I'm looking for the place that actually makes it... and I don't want to drive to Houston.

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  1. It may not be exactly what you are looking for, but either way they might be able to point you in the right direction - Baguette House & Cafe in the Chinatown Center.

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    1. Kim Chi shop? Are you referring to New Oriental Market or maybe Han Yang? The former used to make a lot of their own kimchi's but there wasn't much of a selection last time I was there a few weeks ago.. And the later has a good selection but I don't think they make any in-house.

      Is it different place than either of these two?

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      1. re: sqwertz

        Haven't been to the two you listed. The one I went to is a shop next to the Arpeggio Grill on Airport.

        1. re: turkeygravy

          I think that's Mom's Taste, a Korean market that specializes in banchan, in the same center as Arpeggio and China Palace.

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          China Palace
          6605 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78752

      2. does Triumph Cafe on spicewood springs have the stuff you are looking for? I know they have a bakery, but I am unsure of what it produces.

        1. whoa, that's quite a request for Austin...

          (a) there's a tofu shop in the Chinatown center, think it's actually called Fresh Tofu. haven't been there myself, but that'd be your best bet. it's next to the Baguette House.

          (b) che on the spot? wow, no. i don't know anyone that does that here in Austin. Tam's Deli has a small selection of che in the dessert case at the counter, but it's not on the spot. i think i've seen them randomly elsewhere, but again they weren't on the spot.

          (c) i've only seen banh bao at Tam's Deli and Baguette House.

          hope that helps, although Houston DOES have the better selection... sorry, i know that last comment doesn't help, but it's the truth...

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          1. re: abidonfood

            Hao Hao makes tofu daily - I had their soup on Thursday with the fresh tofu.....it was really good. I don't like tofu that much, normally, but I enjoyed this one. Pretty soft, but not falling apart.

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            Hao Hao
            1205 Round Rock Ave Ste 135, Round Rock, TX 78681

          2. I really like the che in a little baguette shop (next to Short and Sweet) in the My Thanh shopping center on N. Lamar in the Chinatown Center. They typically carry more varieties of che han most other places I have been too.

            As for bakeries, I don't know of any. The Baguette House in the same shopping center has started making some baked goods (tiramisu) that have the consistency of a vietnamese cake (leaning more towards spongy than fluffy...). Their tiramisu is good.

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            Short and Sweet
            10901 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78753

            Baguette House & Cafe
            10901 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78753

            1. Did you ever manage to find good bánh bao here in Austin?

              I just picked up some from Tâm Deli. They weren't bad, but they weren't quite was I was looking for: I'm used to getting a lot more filling / less flour, and quail egg instead of regular hard boiled eggs.

              1. On a related note, MT now finally has a couple more varieties of Asian filled breads--2 kinds of hot dog breads, 2 dried shredded pork breads, bbq pork bread, in addition to the basic red bean, peanut, taro, custard, etc sweet ones.