Bao’d Up, the steam bun-dedicated restaurant in Mueller, is opening on Tuesday, July 25. The bao shop is from Xian Noodles owner and chef Ting Li. On deck from the casual restaurant are daily-made bao in different forms, bubble tea, and spicy fries.
There are four ways to enjoy Bao’d Up’s bao. First, there are the baozi, which are filled with ingredients like pork, egg cream, or the vegetables and tofu. Then there are the mantou, which are bao minus the stuffings. Flavors include whole wheat and red bean. The gua bao are popular Taiwanese sandwiches using sliced steamed buns, with fillings like fish, pork, and tofu. Finally, for a sweeter version, there’s Bao’d Up’s bao fries. It’s made up of small slices of the steamed buns, which are fried and drizzled with condensed milk.
The sole non-bao item is the Szechuan fries, where the housemade potato chips are doused in spicy mayonnaise. For drinks, there are bubble teas, made with milk or fruit teas and mix-ins like tapioca, matcha pudding, and jellies. Scope out the full menus below.
Eater took a tour of Bao’d Up’s new digs, which feature plenty of decorative steamers (which also happen to be available for purchase). It’s found on Aldrich Street, right next door to Alamo Drafthouse’s Mueller theater. It is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday with an all-day menu.
Xian currently has two locations, the original on 51st Street and the second on Ranch Road 620. There’s a third in the works, Xian Noodles and Dim Sum, which will serve noodles and dim sum, for the Domain. That one is looking to open in late fall.