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Best Baked Pork Buns?

Any suggestions for a bakery in Chinatown with the best baked pork buns? I usually prefer Fay Da on Mott near Canal but am looking to branch out. I would like them from a bakery where I can take them to go though, not a restaurant.


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  1. I loveeee dragon land bakery (near centre and walker). everything is basically to go and they have a great selection.

      1. re: designerboy01

        Good question-I also think onions can make or break char sui bao-I say leave them out.

        1. re: guttergourmet

          There is a bakery on Walker Street and Baxter. The bakery is on the corner. They also got a nice veggie puff pastry there if you got room.

          For those that like onions try
          Chatham Square Restaurant at 9 Chatham Sq.

      2. Yes, can you tell me a place where they leave out the onions?

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        1. re: haleyjen

          For the best no-onion bun, try King Wah on East Bowery, on the second (I think) block north of Chatham Sq., east side of the street.

        2. Mei Lai Wah on Baxter is my favorite place for baked or steamed pork buns. It's more like a tea house, but more people come in for take out that those that eat there.

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          1. re: insectrights

            Mei Lei Wah is on Bayard; it is definitely my favorite place for
            steamed - especially the "Special Big Combination Bun" - but the
            jury is still out on baked.
            Love your handle, by the way.

            1. re: Polecat

              special big combo? that's the meat one with the chinese sausage, the red-cooked pork, the ground pork and hard-cooked egg, correct? in chinese it's usually just "big meat bun" or, "da-zhou-bao" . . . very nice.

              1. re: bigjeff

                Yeah, that's the one. I'm just going by the name they give it
                at MLW: "Special Combination Big Bun". It connotes just enough
                mystery to get you interested.

          2. I really like the buns at May May on Pell street, although you can only get them in packs of 6 or maybe it's 8, they are kind of small so you could eat at least two in one sitting and they freeze well. They are very rich and flavorful, not too fatty or gelatinous on the inside, if you know what I mean. They also taste strongly of that chinese cooking wine taste, which I love.

            1. Thanks for lots of places to try. Fay Da typically does have onions and I prefer them without so I will definitely try King Wah.

              On a related note, at a few dim sum places, I have seen these pastry cups or triangles that are filled with the same filling as pork buns. Any ideas on where to find those to go?

              1. I like both the steamed and roasted pork buns at the Chinese restaurant next door to McDonalds on Canal Street, pretty much the chinese restaurant located the "west-est" on Canal (south side). Good filling, not too sweet. They also have that "char siu sou" which is what caphil2320 was asking on just before (the pastry with roast pork inside), but they just recently changed their formula and shape of them; they used to be the triangles and were much richer, now they are half-moon shape and seems to be less filling, but that might just be an offday.

                They also have other good takeout dimsum, they have the lotus-leaf wrapped sticky rice, and they also have the "large meat bun" which is a buck and basically, a steamed pork bun studded with pieces of sausage, hard boiled egg and braised pork; one is enough for lunch, two is incredibly filling, and satisfying.

                1. Excellent! Thanks so much...could I get some more help on the name of the restaurant? I am having a hard time envisioning where this is.

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                  1. re: caphill2320

                    ya I don't have the business card but I'll try to pick one up on my way home (I work a few blocks away). the best approximation is Canal, halfway between Broadway and Lafayette, just west of the McDonalds (262 Canal Street), on the south side of the street. This place used to be kinda ratty, but they just renovated last year and it actually looks really nice. There's usually a placard stand thing outside the door so you can see it if you're walking down Canal Street. The place is usually full of tourists since it's right near the Canal Street 4,5,6 station but the baked goods are great. Actually, their roasted meat platters and things are pretty good too; this is one of those typical places with the meat hanging in the windows. Anyway, I'll give you a more specific address later. good luck!

                  2. hi, I just walked by; they are at 266 Canal Street. good luck!