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Dec 3, 2009 06:15 AM

Looking for Bao

I am looking for a nice resturant that serves BAO, a chinese type of steamed, filled bun or bread-like item wich variation fillings, typically pork or chicken in the Baltimore or DC area. They are not dumplings. PLEASE HELP ME as I have no idea where to start looking.


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  1. its not a restaurant, but you can find them at Maxim grocery in Rockville.

    1. Asian Court on US 40 West in Ellicott City has 4-5 different types of bao on their dim sum menu. I have never had them, though.

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      1. re: treetop tom

        Their steamed barbecue pork bao are very good. I think that I've had custard filled bao there as well.

      2. It would be helpful if you told us what city you live in. Bao should be available in all Chinese restaurants that serve dim sum; also in Chinese grocery stores that serve hot food as well as stand alone bakeries like Bread Corner and Maria's, etc.

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        1. re: comestibles

          I live in Baltimore City, so my last resort would be going to H Mart in Ellicott City and look through the freezer section. I was hoping to get a recommendation for a place that serves them fresh, hot and scrumptious. However, THANKS TO TREETOP TOM, I am headed to Asian Court this Friday, I will report back and let everyone know how the HOT ASIAN BUNS are!!! Thanks for all of your help!

          1. re: tsallan1

            Let us know, but to be honest, I'd expect all of the Dim Sum to be better on Saturdays and Sundays when they have cart service.

            1. re: Jason1

              I went last Friday, and the Dim Sum was amazing. Everything I hoped it would be. I realized that instead of looking for Bao places I needed to find a great Dim Sum place. So for all of my fellow Bao lovers, Asian Court is tried and tested to be one of the best Dim Sum locations in the Baltimore Area. Thank you to everyone who help me in my adventure!!

              1. re: tsallan1

                i grew up in the san gab valley and i like the baked ones at oriental east in silver spring. i order up a dozen and glide past the weekend dim sum line to pick up the string tied paper box that reminds me of my childhood. i always toast them up a bit more before i eat them

        2. The Vietnamese version can be found at several places in Eden Center.

          1. heck even Safeway and the Teeter usu. have them in the freezer section (not the best, but when it's rainy or 3 AM or whatever, they fill the need)

            a good Asian market like H Mart will have a million varieties in their freezer. a minute or 2 under a damp paper towel in the microwae revives them fairly well.