Richard and Theresa Ng own six Bo Lings restaurants in the metro: three in Overland Park and three on the Missouri side (the locations on the Country Club Plaza, Zona Rosa and the City Market). But they've often ventured into different entrepreneurial sidelines, like their short-lived fortune-cookie factory (the machine that made the cookies sort of looked like a Rube Goldberg invention). The Ngs are now in the custom cake business. "Cakes are very important in Chinese culture," Theresa Ng says. "All celebrations require cake."
And that's where Thao Le comes in.
Thao, a Vietnam native, is a whiz at baking, says Bo Lings spokesperson Linda Rostenberg: "Her cakes are light and airy, unlike anything you'll find in an American bakery. And she can ice a cake in three seconds flat."