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Hot Bamboo bows to customers, opens storefront

Hot Bamboo bows to customers, opens storefront
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By LACEY LYONS
Staff Writer

Hot Bamboo is a relatively new Chandler restaurant offering Asian Island cuisine and it has already gained fame for creatively themed bao buns.

The restaurant has previously only been seen at local festivals as a vendor, but with customers begging for a storefront, owner Anna Heinbach gave the fans just what they have been asking for – a brick-and-mortar eatery at 980 E. Pecos Road.

“Even just in the short time we have been open, we have had many customers come in who have tried our food at a past festival,” said Heinbach.

Hot Bamboo soft-opened Jan. 10, at Pecos and McQueen roads and had scheduled a grand opening at 11 a.m. Feb. 1 where customers will be treated to music, games and prizes, such as free bao for a year.

Heinbach is originally from Jakarta, Indonesia, where she grew up and fell in love with crafting island-style cuisine.

She moved to the United States in 1980, to study art and architecture at Kent State University in Ohio.

After graduating, Heinbach then enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1984. She was stationed in Heidelberg, Germany, but decided to relocate back to the states to start a career in art.

Heinbach settled in Tucson, Arizona, where she taught art at the Tohono O’odham Indian Reservation.

Heinbach said all Hot Bamboo’s dishes are based on family recipes she learned to make while growing up in Indonesia.

Preston Heinbach, Anna’s son and business partner, also plays a major role in running the business.

“My son mostly runs the festivals we attend and also helps out with managing the new storefront,” said his mother.

Anna said her family chose to open the first storefront in Chandler because it is the halfway point between Tucson and Phoenix and it was the perfect city to start a small business.

Hot Bamboo specializes in bao, a steamed dumpling filled with various meats.

It also offers rice bowls also be topped with a variety of meats, tofu and house-made teriyaki sauce. Lemper, risoles and musubi are also served as they are islander favorites.

“At festivals, our pork bao is the most popular item on the menu, and I am sure it will be the most popular at our storefront too,” said Heinbach.

Hot Bamboo’s menu also offers specialty beverages such as Thai tea, smoothies and other fruity drinks with an island flare.

Hot Bamboo’s hours of operation are closed on Monday, Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. till 8 p.m., Friday through Saturday, 11 a.m. till 9 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. till 6 p.m.

Heinbach is already eyeing expanding her business.

“Right now, my focus is to get this Chandler store up and running,” she said, “but I would love to extend our locations to the Tucson area as well.”

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