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Chinatown's New House of Bao Brings Even More Dumpling Action to Downtown

The small shop soft-opened last week.

House of Bao, Chinatown
House of Bao, Chinatown
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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Despite what could be some serious health department warnings, Chinatown’s restaurant scene just keeps growing. The latest arrival (with Pok Pok still a few weeks away, likely) is one House of Bao, a bun and dumpling-focused shop in the former Chow Mein space.

The Times chatted up owner Bill Zhuo, who previously ran a small USC-adjacent food truck serving Chinese specialties, and got the lowdown on the menu. Most of the dishes stem from Shan’xi Xian, and include dumplings, meat pies, a variety of fried starters. Zhuo tells that Times that this isn’t "Panda Express," noting the offal cuts that make their way onto the menu. Meanwhile, the lone reviewer over on Yelp says that apparently they also serve $1 all-you-can-eat porridge.

House of Bao is situated right by the Wal-Mart in Chinatown, on W. Cesar Chavez. Expect daytime and early evening hours only as the place still settles in (their soft-opening was just last week).

House of Bao
701 W. Cesar Chavez Ave. #108
Los Angeles, CA