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Where to find vegetarian steamed buns in Philly

Laura May 1, 2005 09:23 PM

I am currently in San Francisco visiting my sister and stumbled up a culinary delight I must encounter again. Does anyone know of any restaurant/store/market/etc. in the Philadelphia area that has vegetarian steamed buns...I love them! Not looking for anything gourmet or fancy or even vegan...just a steamed bun that is vegetarian Thanks in advance for your help

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    JugglerDave May 2, 2005 09:02 AM

    The vegetarian chinese restaurants in town (Harmony,
    Cherry Street) offer steamed buns. I like the
    "mock pork BBQ" steam buns, but they usually have a
    vegetable one also.

    They may be in the appetizer section or sometimes listed
    as Dim Sum.

    You can also buy frozen versions of the same at the
    market at 11th/Race. They have an additional kind
    which I like as dessert; it's filled with an egg-custard cream, and they come 8 or 10 to a package
    for just a couple dollars.


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    1. re: JugglerDave
      Laura May 2, 2005 11:20 AM

      Thanks for your suggestions. I actually go to Singapore rather frequently,(though haven't ever looked for the buns since I didn't know how amazing they were), and have been meaning to go to the other vegetarian restaurants in Chinatown too...this will be a great excuse for a trip.

      1. re: Laura
        Anthony D May 2, 2005 11:00 PM

        The International Tea House on Sansome Street between 17th and 18th streets. My wife and I happened to go there for the first time on Saturday. We had leek and tofu buns, very good.

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      Bride of the Juggler May 2, 2005 09:03 AM

      Restaurants include Cherry St Vegetarian, Kingdom of Vegetarians, South East, and Singapore Vegetarian (all in Chinatown). The big grocery store in Chinatown will also have frozen ones.

      KCs Pastries (two locations in Chinatown) is a bakery with filled buns, I think mainly baked not steamed. But they have a huge selection of fillings. I like sweet red bean, and taro. They are insanely cheap and filling, so 2 make a great cheap lunch. Thank you.

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        phillychower Jan 29, 2012 05:42 PM

        Bringing back and old thread - is there any place to buy steamed buns in the burbs (otherwise Philly) in bulk for freezing? I've had asian friends give me large batches and they freeze well and make a great snack - would love to find a local place to buy them!

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        1. re: phillychower
          cwdonald Jan 30, 2012 08:47 AM

          Have you checked HMart or Assi? I know they have a good selection of frozen dumplings. They may have frozen buns too. Assi is in North Wales on Welsh Road. Hmart has multiple locations in the area including Upper Derby, Elkins Park and Levittown as well as Cherry Hill in NJ.

          1. re: cwdonald
            phillychower Jan 30, 2012 05:50 PM

            thank you for the tip. I will def check them out and report back

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