Kevin Li and his new restaurant Bao Bao House might represent the future of Eugene’s culinary scene. Li, who is from Hangzhou, China, has been in the United States for more than 20 years, moving from Michigan to Kansas City to Eugene.
Eugene is quite a bit smaller than Hangzhou, which Li describes as a “medium-sized city, but we still have eight million people.” Even so, Li says Eugene is more culinarily sophisticated than some might think.
“Even though we are not a big city, we have a lot of different kinds of good food,” Li says. “I wanted to be a part of that.”
Bao Bao House, located in downtown Eugene, opened May 28. It has options for soup, noodles, rice and dumplings. The best item is the bao, which is essentially a full meal tied up in an edible bow and served as a dumpling.