Art & Soul: The Culinary Arts - Mother & Daughter Dumpling Duo 'Basil Babe'
Known as "Basil Babe," the mother-and-daughter duo work together making Asian dumplings selling and serving them at pop-up events around Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. Lisa Barry speaks with the daughter, Thai Inhmathong, about how the business got started and what she envisions happening in the future.
Haluthai Inhmathong and her mother Vasanna Inhmathong, who used to own Siam Square in Ann Arbor, describe themselves as the "dumpling duo," striving to bring our community closer together, one meal at a time.
Thai grew up in the restaurant her mother owned and learned to cook along the way. She graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a degree in advertising but began making Asian dumplings during the pandemic and filled her freezer with her many attempts at getting them the way she wanted them to be. So, she decided to start selling them.
They are hoping to one day have a brick-and-mortar location but will continue to be at various Washtenaw County locations until then.
**Special thanks to Paul Keller for providing the Art & Soul theme music.**
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