Take a Bao

It’s “Take Your Quilt to Lunch Month!”

Yi-lan at Ba Doy OwFor those of you in and around Flint, Michigan, Ba Doy Ow is offering a special treat if you bring a quilt in to their wonderful restaurant during the month of January. Why? Because when I blogged about Ba Doy Ow before a bunch of quilters showed up. Yi-lan,  the owner and chef , wants to thank you. (I’m also trying to get her interested in quilting!)

Big or little, show your quilt to the folks behind the counter, listen to their praise for your talent, and get a free BAO! 

A  free what?! A bao (pronounced BOW, as in “take a bow”) is a tasty, doughy, round thing with either something sweet or something savory inside. Like everything else at Ba Doy Ow it is steamed. Yum! And good for you, too!

(Flavor Tip: Peel the paper off the bottom before you eat it. The paper won’t hurt you, but there are other ways to get fiber in your diet.)

Sweet bao fillings include Red Bean, Custard, Sweet Taro, and Lotus Nut. The savory fillings are Bar-B-Q pork, Spinach, Mushroom, and Leek.

Spinach and mushroom baoI had a Spinach and Mushroom bao this time. See my steamed dumplings in the background? (Yes, I often photograph my food.)

Ba Doy Ow is on Linden Road, north of Genesee Valley Center on the east side of the street. Here’s a handy map.

Enjoy! And maybe I’ll see you there! Yes, I really DO eat here. A lot.

I will warn you, it will take you a LONG time to order unless you’ve eaten Taiwanese food before. Everybody is good at explaining what all the things are, but if you’re too timid to ask, just get a #1 combo. You’ll still have to pick the kind of dumpling you want and decide if you want a Coke or one of the 35 different teas they have.

In the interest of full disclosure, nobody paid me to write this. It was entirely my idea to blog about Ba Doy Ow. Yi-lan did give me a free bao for the photo, and  once I took a bite out of it I had to destroy the rest of the evidence along with the dumplings and pork rice I purchased.

If you don’t quilt, just say that I sent you and you’ll get a free bao. Unless you mispronounce my name. Then the deal’s off.

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18 thoughts on “Take a Bao

  1. Every time you mention Ba Doy Ow I start to drool. I live in California and even though we have every national food known to man represented here we don’t have anything like Ba Doy Ow. It sounds wonderful. Wish I lived a little closer to Michigan! I always so enjoy your blog and especially when Madison is featured- he’s one of my favorite dogs. And of course, you are one of my favorite quilters!


  2. We love boa’s (pork or chicken buns). Coming from the San Francisco Bay area we were very familiar with them. One shop in SF Chinatown has huge ones with pork, chicken, etc. along with an hard boiled egg. Some of the boa’s are baked and some steamed. We buy them when we get out to CA, freeze them and bring them back to TN.


  3. I so wish I could join you there for the Bao–your descriptions make my mouth water and amp the desire for a new dining experience. So, since I can’t go there, I forwarded your blog to several Flint-area friends and relatives and encouraged them to try the Bao and other food in my place. Best I could do considering the 2,100 miles that separate me from Flint and friends/family.


  4. O Ami… you are like the funniest person I know! Sorry that I don’t live near Flint although I am closer than I used to be! I attended a couple of your classes for Lakeview Quilters Guild near Johnson Space Center, Houston..now I am back in my home town in Southern Illinois. If I ever make it north to Flint I will definitely try this place cause it looks delicious!


  5. I’m dyin’ here Ami! My mouth is about to wet me down completely…. I lost my favorite Chinese restaurant when Ma sold Fung Lim in Oak Park. I may have to take a drive up to Flint just to eat….. Yum!


  6. Sounds delightful! I think I’ll suggest the oriental buffet for dinner tonight (they finally installed a counter where you can have your choice of items stir-fried or grilled. And their dim sum – heavenly!) Sadly, it’s nowhere near Flint, MI.


  7. LOL! I just read this whole thing to Nate and he asked where Ba Doy Ow was located. He’s starting his first quilt today…. ha ha ha!


  8. No fair. There isn’t a bao any where near Syracuse, NY. I’ll have to settle for great Korean or Tai, like the Secret Garden or the Erwan. KBB


  9. I was through Flint yesterday, and couldn’t remember the name of the restaurant – ARGH! Maybe next time through I’ll have to call you if I still don’t remember…. oh, and I’ll make sure I’ve got a quilt!


  10. In the Seattle area, we have hum bao. I did not realize that there were all those other kinds! We have gazillions of great restaurants and lots of quilty shops and friendly quilters. So come on out and see us!


  11. Thanks for introducing me to Ba Doy Ow! I’ve been there several times since I read your blog, but not in the last month – until yesterday, her last day of business. I want to express my appreciation but didn’t catch her facebook address while I was there. Do you know it?


  12. I too, was disappointed to walk upto an empty Ba Doy Ow location. I would like her FB information also. I hope that she reopens at another location.


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