CHANDLER, AZ (3TV/CBS5) -- Folks who attend food festivals around the Valley are likely familiar with the offerings of Hot Bamboo, which specializes in dumplings, steamed buns and rice bowls. Foodies have been known to stand in long lines at the food booth to sample the tasty Asian street foods.
But now, you don't have to wait in festival lines for a taste of Hot Bamboo. This past weekend, owner Anna Heinbach opened a brand new brick-and-mortar location in Chandler, near Pecos and McQueen roads.
Heinbach, a former art teacher, started her culinary journey in 2008 when she started making pastries for farmer's markets. She eventually branched out into making childhood favorite foods like bao and dumplings. Her son joined in, and the business was born.
A highlight of the Hot Bamboo storefront in Chandler will be the "character bao," steamed buns decorated as colorful characters. They will come in a variety flavors including pork, teriyaki, chorizo and vegan.
Other specialty snacks will include:
-Lemper (sticky rice filled with meat and wrapped in banana leaves)
-Risolles (a pancake filled with chicken, carrots and peas
-Musubi (Spam-topped rice wrapped in seaweed)
If you can't make it to the new restaurant, you can also find Hot Bamboo offerings at plenty of upcoming festivals this month, including the Barrett Jackson Auto Show, the Old Town Scottsdale Market and the AZ Balloon Classic in Goodyear. For a complete list, visit the Hot Bamboo website and click on the "events" page. You can also follow them on Facebook.
(Closed on Mondays)