May 27, 2015
15 Minutes with Duolan Li
CM: Earlier in your career, you worked in finance in New York City. How’d you wind up in Charleston running a restaurant?
CM: Xiao Bao Biscuit (XBB) is located in a former gas station. How did you use that history to foster the restaurant’s unique ambiance?
CM: Did you grow up in China?
CM: We’ve often spotted you gardening outside the restaurant in your sun hat. How’d you get your green thumb?
CM: What’s it like to run a business with your husband?
CM: Do you and Josh have any home cooking traditions?
CM: You’ve got some pretty fierce style—we recently saw you rocking bleached tips and a denim jumper. Where do you shop?
CM: What’s on XBB’s playlist?
Five of Li's Favorite Things:
Cone 10 Studios: Li takes classes at the downtown ceramics studio, where she also buys gifts such as this locally made sake set. cone10studios.com
Her Hair Stylist: “My favorite hairdresser, Jamie Dorothy Ellis, just opened The Beacon, her own salon,” notes Li. thebeacon139.com
Rapitest Moisture Meter: To avoid over-watering plants, she tests water levels with the handy tool. Hyams Garden Center, $15
Thayers Alcohol-Free Witch Hazel Toner: She explains, “With its light rose scent, it’s refreshing during our humid summers.” Whole Foods, $10
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For a tempting peek at Xiao Bao Biscuit’s menu, click here.