Discover Bao Space: Michigan’s Top Spot for Authentic Asian Cuisine



Bao Space, a restaurant specializing in authentic hand-made Asian bao buns, opened at the start of 2023 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Owners Raphael and Rongrong Yue create around 200 bao buns each morning and evening on most weekdays, and upwards of 700 on weekends, with a variety of flavors available, including the popular Berkshire pork and shrimp triple delight. The restaurant, which hopes to expand its location in the future, also offers other dishes like dumplings, veggie spring rolls, and lotus chicken.

Authentic Asian Bao Buns in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Bao Space, an authentic Asian restaurant in Ann Arbor, opened its doors in early 2023, at the old location of the Vedge Café. Owners Raphael and Rongrong Yue ventured into the restaurant business after they relocated from China to the United States in 2018.

Serving handmade bao buns almost daily, Bao Space aims for authenticity. These bao buns, similar to dumplings, are packed with various proteins, vegetables, and other fillings. According to Rongrong Yue, also known as Jessica, the business produces approximately 200 bao buns twice a day on weekdays and over 700 on weekends.

With a wide variety of flavors including Berkshire Pork, beef and onion, chicken and mushroom, and even a sweet option like black sesame, Bao Space caters to all taste buds. Jessica further revealed plans to introduce a barbecue-style bao bun in the near future.

With a focus on simple ingredients traditionally used, such as yeast, water, and milk for making the dough, Bao Space is determined to maintain the authenticity of its bao buns. The restaurant also offers other popular dishes such as dumplings, veggie spring rolls, lotus chicken, and cold noodles with sesame sauce, among others. Bao Space also boasts affordable yet delicious offerings.

Currently located on North Main Street, the Yue family aspires to expand the business to a larger space in Ann Arbor eventually. Bao Space can be found online or reached via phone at 734-436-8488. It operates from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays and Tuesdays through Saturdays, and from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays.

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