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Nov 14, 2006 08:50 PM

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.