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October 7, 2009 | Andrea Nguyen
You can tell when a dish has made it into the mainstream by looking it up in the dictionary. There you'll find entries for sushi, taco and pho. I still have to italicize as a foreign word bao , the term for Chinese steamed bread and filled buns, but my hunch is that I won't have to do that for long. Bao is on the rise, and that's not just because it features leavened dough. Just check Costco, supermarket chains such as Vons/Pavilions and Ralphs, and of course, any nearby 99 Ranch.
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December 2, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
Bao Bao is the name that's been chosen for the female giant panda cub at Washington's National Zoo, following a tally of 123,039 votes. In case you missed it, the name was announced Sunday, giving us all another opportunity to look at pictures of panda cubs. Do it. You'll feel as warm and fuzzy as Bao Bao.  The other choices for names? Ling Hua, Long Yun, Mulan and Zhen Bao. The cub, whose name is pronounced "bough bough," now weighs about 11 1/2 pounds and is roly-poly. But she didn't start out so cute.
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April 24, 1985 | KEVIN THOMAS, Times Staff Writer
What is most striking about "Bao and His Son" (at the Grande 4-Plex in the Sheraton Grande downtown) is how free from cant it is, when its simple "Stella Dallas"-like story could so easily have been exploited as propaganda. Although it indicts the harshness and unjustness of life for the poor in China in the 1930s, it takes a tragic rather than dogmatic view of human events, and is all the richer for doing so.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 2011
The "w" in winter generally stands for "whiskey," but what if you're a cold-weather, clear-liquor kind of guy or gal? Try reaching for an ice-cold alcoholic lemonade. Take A Bao — the cleverly named Studio City restaurant specializing in the tasty and eponymous steamed Chinese bun filled with savory ingredients — has just the thing: Basil Lemonade. Made with Stoli Citrus, lemon and orange juices and fresh, hand-torn Thai basil leaves, this concoction will refresh after manic holiday shopping.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 2011
The "w" in winter generally stands for "whiskey," but what if you're a cold-weather, clear-liquor kind of guy or gal? Try reaching for an ice-cold alcoholic lemonade. Take A Bao — the cleverly named Studio City restaurant specializing in the tasty and eponymous steamed Chinese bun filled with savory ingredients — has just the thing: Basil Lemonade. Made with Stoli Citrus, lemon and orange juices and fresh, hand-torn Thai basil leaves, this concoction will refresh after manic holiday shopping.
FOOD
July 22, 2009 | Linda Burum
As soon as you place your order at Pita Pockets in Northridge, a cook slaps a soft round of dough onto the wall of a blazing tandoor-like oven. After a few moments, a bubbly disk of laffa, catacombed with air pockets and rich with yeasty char, is ready to be filled. Next a counterman slathers the chewy flatbread with lemony hummus, then loads it with grilled vegetables or juicy marinated kebabs.
MAGAZINE
April 20, 1986 | BEVIS HILLIER
Most people, on being told that valuable treasure has been recovered from a European ship that was wrecked in the South China Sea about 1750, might assume that the cargo was precious metals and gems. To an extent, they would be right. Part of the salvaged cargo, which Christie's is offering for sale in Amsterdam (April 28 through May 2), is a gleaming pile of gold bullion. The gold bars are Chinese. Some are "Nanking shoes," modeled on sycees , the slippers worn by women in ancient China.
FOOD
October 7, 2009
  Total time: About 1 hour, plus rising time Servings: 16 medium buns Note: With the dough and filling prepared, here's how to bring them together for steamed filled buns. This recipe requires 16 (3-inch) squares of parchment, cut from a larger sheet. Asian-style wooden dowels for rolling are generally available at Asian markets. To reheat leftover buns, steam them for 5 to 8 minutes. Leftover buns can be refrigerated up to a week or frozen up to a month.
NEWS
December 2, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
Bao Bao is the name that's been chosen for the female giant panda cub at Washington's National Zoo, following a tally of 123,039 votes. In case you missed it, the name was announced Sunday, giving us all another opportunity to look at pictures of panda cubs. Do it. You'll feel as warm and fuzzy as Bao Bao.  The other choices for names? Ling Hua, Long Yun, Mulan and Zhen Bao. The cub, whose name is pronounced "bough bough," now weighs about 11 1/2 pounds and is roly-poly. But she didn't start out so cute.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 27, 2000 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Listening to Chinese music is experiencing living history. On Saturday at the Zipper Concert Hall, a Pro Musicis program of ancient and contemporary Chinese music showcased the quanzi, an instrument that traces back 2,000 years to the Western Han Dynasty. The small, double reed pipe, related to the shawm and the oboe in Western music, the shenai in Indian music and the duduk in the Middle East, was played with extraordinary virtuosity by Bao Jian, a pioneer in the quanzi's contemporary use.
FOOD
October 7, 2009 | Andrea Nguyen
You can tell when a dish has made it into the mainstream by looking it up in the dictionary. There you'll find entries for sushi, taco and pho. I still have to italicize as a foreign word bao , the term for Chinese steamed bread and filled buns, but my hunch is that I won't have to do that for long. Bao is on the rise, and that's not just because it features leavened dough. Just check Costco, supermarket chains such as Vons/Pavilions and Ralphs, and of course, any nearby 99 Ranch.
FOOD
October 7, 2009
  Total time: About 1 hour, plus rising time Servings: 16 medium buns Note: With the dough and filling prepared, here's how to bring them together for steamed filled buns. This recipe requires 16 (3-inch) squares of parchment, cut from a larger sheet. Asian-style wooden dowels for rolling are generally available at Asian markets. To reheat leftover buns, steam them for 5 to 8 minutes. Leftover buns can be refrigerated up to a week or frozen up to a month.
FOOD
October 7, 2009
  Pan-fried pork and scallion mini buns (Sheng jian baozi) Total Time: 45 minutes plus rising time Servings: Makes 32 mini buns Note: You can find ground pork with a higher fat content at many Asian markets, or ask your butcher to grind fat into regular ground pork (you want about 20% fat). Or substitute regular ground pork. Ground beef chuck or chicken thigh may be substituted for the pork in this recipe. Regardless, fatty, rich ground meat makes for better, succulent buns.
FOOD
July 22, 2009 | Linda Burum
As soon as you place your order at Pita Pockets in Northridge, a cook slaps a soft round of dough onto the wall of a blazing tandoor-like oven. After a few moments, a bubbly disk of laffa, catacombed with air pockets and rich with yeasty char, is ready to be filled. Next a counterman slathers the chewy flatbread with lemony hummus, then loads it with grilled vegetables or juicy marinated kebabs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Bao Zunxin, an activist who was jailed for his role in the 1989 Tiananmen Square democracy movement, has died, a fellow dissident said Monday. He was 70. Once considered one of China's leading intellectuals, Bao died Sunday in Beijing from a brain hemorrhage, said Liu Xiaobo, a former professor at Beijing Normal University who also spent 20 months in jail for joining the 1989 protests.
NEWS
October 30, 2003 | Booth Moore, Times Staff Writer
At last, Los Angeles' fashion week is coming of age. For too long, L.A. style has been characterized either by one-of-a-kind, reworked vintage pieces, the now-ubiquitous Juicy Couture sweat suit or low-slung jeans. But this season, designers are finally realizing that to have a vital fashion week, they have to go beyond the experimental and the obvious to create clothes that make a runway show worthwhile. A little showmanship doesn't hurt either.
NEWS
August 4, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Bao Dai, the last emperor of Vietnam, who was forced to abdicate by the Communists in 1945, has died after living quietly in France for four decades. He was 83. He died Thursday at the Val de Grace military hospital in Paris, the French Defense Ministry said. Bao Dai was emperor of France's protectorate of Annam, now part of Vietnam's narrow central strip of land, from 1925 to 1945. But he was emperor in little more than name.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Bao Zunxin, an activist who was jailed for his role in the 1989 Tiananmen Square democracy movement, has died, a fellow dissident said Monday. He was 70. Once considered one of China's leading intellectuals, Bao died Sunday in Beijing from a brain hemorrhage, said Liu Xiaobo, a former professor at Beijing Normal University who also spent 20 months in jail for joining the 1989 protests.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 27, 2000 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Listening to Chinese music is experiencing living history. On Saturday at the Zipper Concert Hall, a Pro Musicis program of ancient and contemporary Chinese music showcased the quanzi, an instrument that traces back 2,000 years to the Western Han Dynasty. The small, double reed pipe, related to the shawm and the oboe in Western music, the shenai in Indian music and the duduk in the Middle East, was played with extraordinary virtuosity by Bao Jian, a pioneer in the quanzi's contemporary use.
NEWS
June 29, 1998 | JIM MANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Only a day after President Clinton's news conference with his Chinese counterpart seemed to point to a new era of openness here, security officials Sunday came to the home of a former senior Communist Party official jailed during the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown and sternly warned him to keep his mouth shut.
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