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New Vegan Dim Sum Truck Brings Dumplings and Bao to East Austin

PlowBao is now open at the Buzz Mill on East Seventh

Vegan shu mai from PlowBao
Vegan shu mai from PlowBao
Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

A new vegan dim sum truck is open in Govalle at Buzz Mill Shady. PlowBao is parked at 5012 East Seventh Street. It opened as of last weekend on Saturday, December 7.

PlowBao’s menu is all vegan. The dumplings are based on a recipe from owner Joyce Ni’s grandmother. Then there’s shu mai, crab rangoon, and a single larger entree which will change regularly. A recent example is the soup with shrimp balls. The fake meats used in the dishes will come from Beyond Meat, and other vegan products will be sourced from All Vegetarian, Inc.

Ni opened PlowBao through the help of Crop Seed, a program which helps its employees start their own businesses. It’s under vegan food-service company Plants Lead Our Way (started by Isaac Mogannam, who also co-owns vegan truck Plow Burger).

Ni wants to “promote food sustainability by providing our community with delicious plant-based dim sum” with PlowBao, as she told Eater.

“I want people to realize that this food is amazing and delicious not despite of it being plant-based, but rather because it’s plant-based,” Ni continued.

PlowBao will be parked next to fellow vegan barbecue truck PlowBQ, which is also under the same Plow Burger family. Buzz Mill also features the not-vegan barbecue truck JNL Barbecue.

PlowBao’s hours are from 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

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