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barbecue pork buns

jtw Feb 2, 2006 04:37 PM

Could someone recommend a place to get a snack of barbecue pork buns in Chinatown? Does "Fried Dumpling" have them? Does everybody have them and this is a silly question to be asking?


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    Phil E. Feb 2, 2006 06:07 PM

    Mandarin Court has some good bbq pork buns.

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      sam Feb 2, 2006 09:35 PM

      i love my pork but for the life of me, my favorite 'pork' buns are from vegetarian dim sum house...fake pork but the bun is perfect...like a marshmellow.

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      csw Feb 2, 2006 06:58 PM

      I like chathams on 9 chatham sq. in chinatown. Another popular choice is Mei Lai wah on Bayards. Be your own judge, buy both and compare side by side since its located within 5 minutes form each other. Its either one or the either. You can get baked/steamed from both locations.
      Fried dumplings buns are different altogether. Its been previously frozened and steamed on the day of. The filling is usually pork with cabbage unless specified.

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        djwackfriz Jan 8, 2007 02:21 AM

        I have to agree with Mei Lei Wah, they have exceptional steamed buns.

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          Lau Jan 8, 2007 06:52 PM

          both are good, toss up (mei lai wah is more consistent though), i liked the steamed ones at both better.

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          ultbil Feb 2, 2006 09:43 PM

          I had great pork buns (steamed and roasted) today at a bakery on Canal b/t Eldridge and Forsythe (north side of Canal...sorry forgot the name)

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            ultbil Feb 9, 2006 11:13 AM

            Sorry, it's on GRAND St., b/t Eldridge and Forsythe (north side of Grand...Lucky Bakery (?))

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            Lisabnyc Feb 3, 2006 09:19 AM

            Fried Dumpling on Allen Street does not have what you are looking for. They have pork buns, but they are stuffed like a dumpling, with ground pork, cabbage, and I believe a little mushroom. They are excellent, especially because they are 4 for $1.00, but again, not what you seem to be seeking.

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              Chandavkl Feb 3, 2006 11:46 AM

              Most Chinese bakeries and all dim sum restaurants in Chinatown will have bbq pork buns, which is a Cantonese style dish. A lot of them will have both steamed and baked versions. Your dumpling houses will not have bbq pork buns because they are generally not Cantonese style eateries.

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                Heavy Ed Jan 8, 2007 03:58 AM

                Mei Lai Wah rules! 4 generations of my family have been going there for roast pork buns since the 60's. They have gotten a little heavier with the glaze over the years, but it's still awesome, especially fresh baked out of the oven. Also, IMHO, steamed doesn't really count, you gotta go baked. Steamed is kind of like a roast pork sandwich ( must be one of those nanfangled Northern things)

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