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Five places for bao (Chinese steamed buns)

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Ba Chi Canteen
7900 Maple St., (504) 373-5628

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Try the namesake pork belly or soft-shell crab in a "baco."

Chiba
8312 Oak St., (504) 826-9119
www.chiba-nola.com
Japanese renditions are filled with short rib or seafood.

Lucky Rooster
515 Baronne St., (504) 529-5825
www.luckyroosternola.com
The pan-Asian array of fillings includes Korean chicken and ginger shrimp.

Pho Bistreaux
1200 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 304-8334
www.phobistreaux.biz
Called sliders, bao are filled like banh mi.

Pho Orchid
3117 Houma Blvd., Metairie, (504) 457-4188
www.phoorchid.com
Bao are filled with chicken or beef.

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