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Expect So Much Bao From Xian Sushi’s New Mueller Restaurant

Bao’d Up’s full menu

Bao’d Up’s plywood
Bao’d Up’s plywood
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Xian Sushi and Noodle’s family is getting bigger with the addition of two new restaurants. One of those includes the bao-focused Bao’d Up in Mueller, serving nothing but the steamed sandwich.

The menu spans sweet and savory bao (barbecue pork, taro), along with Taiwanese hamburgers, fries (including a sweet take using bao), and bubble tea. Scope out the full menu below.

Xian owner and chef Ting Li wanted to focus on bao because he thought there was a gap in Austin's culinary scene. He also wanted to present something with traditional Chinese roots.

Bao’d Up will be found right next door to the soft-open Alamo Drafthouse. It’s pegged to open sometime in early May. The hand-pulled noodle specialist’s fourth restaurant will tackle dim sum up in the Domain.

Other forthcoming restaurants in the Mueller area include returning fried chicken chain J.T. Youngblood’s, Southern-inspired Colleen’s Kitchen, along with Lick Ice Creams, Halcyon Coffee, B.D. Riley's Irish Pub, and Stella Public House

Bao’d Up Menu

traditional Chinese steamed bun

Juicy Pork Bao, $2.70
BBQ Pork Bao, $2.70
Vegetable Bao (V), $2.50

Taro Bao (V), $2.50
Egg Cream Bun, $2.50
Mantou, Plain Bao (V), $1.70

Gua Bao Taiwanese Hamburgers
available after 10:30 a.m.

Pork Belly: braised pork belly, lettuces,sesame dressing and hoisin sauce, $3.90
Fried Fish: white fish tempura, sweet chili sauce, $4.50
Szechuan Fried Chicken: fried chicken, coleslaw, and Szechuan spicy mayo, $3.90

available after 10:30 a.m.

French Fries (V): house-spiced, served with Szechuan spicy mayo, sesame, green onion, $2.90
Bao Fries: fried plain bao with condensed milk, simple classic $2.90

Bubble Drink
available after 10:30 a.m.

Whole milk
Almond milk
Soy milk


Bao'd Up

1911 Aldrich Street, , TX 78723 (737) 717-3002 Visit Website