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Pickup and Delivery
At Bao Destination, our bao is handcrafted and made with love. Our mission is to spread the love of Bao one Bao at the time. Starting in March, 2023, our customers can find our products at Hy-Vee (Bloomington location), Green Top Grocery, and Common Ground Grocery. New stores will be added as we continue to expand and will be posted on here and social media.
You can now order via Uber Eats!
Take Home Pack Pre-Order
Our popular Take Home Pack is a great way to enjoy our Bao at the comfort of your home. They are great for breakfast, lunch, snack, or dinner as they are easy to heat up via microwave or on stove top. You can now purchase our Take Home Packs at Hyvee (Bloomington location), Green Top Grocery, and Common Ground Grocery. So add that to your grocery list when you visit those locations.
Take Home Packs
Another way to enjoy our BAO is pan-fried vs. steam using a skillet to create a crispy bottom. Simply add a little oil in the skillet then place our bao once the oil is heat up. Sear the bao for about 1 to 2 mins; then add in water that cover half-way of the bao and cover w the lid. Cook until the water started to evaporate then uncover and cook for another min or so or until the product reaches internal temperature of 165 °F.
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Having a get together, party, or just because; our Bao Bun or Bao will be perfect for any occasion. Order ahead of time of your event and the item can be picked up or delivery to your location.
What is Bao?
Bao, also known as steamed bun or baozi (包子). Bao is a complete meal conveniently packed away in a white, warm, and soft bun. Traditionally with pork filling but it can be filled with veggies, chicken, or red bean paste.
What is Bao Bun?
Bao Bun is a type of lotus leaf bun. It is popular street food in Asia. It consists of a slice of stewed meat and other condiments sandwiched between flat steamed bread known as lotus leaf bun. It goes great with meat or non-meat items like mushrooms or tofu.
One of my greatest memories growing up was when my mom makes us Bao. It is usually an all-day event as it is labor intensive but a fun thing for the whole family to be involved. I have always wanted to share those experiences with my children but our busy lifestyle often got in the way. During the pandemic with the extra time being at home, I decided to give it a try. After several testing and trying, I was able to come up with a product that taste like how my mom made it.
We believe “food” is a way to connect with others and share our culture so we decided to share it with everyone in the Bloomington/Normal community.
Hope you enjoy and share the love of “bao” with others.