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Apr 16, 2007 04:32 PM

Wing Lee BIG chicken bun

Before the chow dinner at Lee Hou I bought a few items from Wing Lee Bakery on Clement St. Tried the Big Chicken Buns and the Baked Pork Buns. See the attached photos .... a Big Chicken Bun is not that easy to find anymore. This one was reminescent of the old ones I remembered as a kid - Big and full of chicken (dark meat) chunks, chinese sausage, mushrooms and hard boiled egg. I bought two of these and there was definitely a difference in the amount of filling. The photo is of the one with less filling - it's still a reasonable amount but the one that got away was way more filled. (maybe 35% more?)
The Baked Pork Buns were good - the filling was not quite as sweet as some which I liked.
Priced at 80 cents each. Would buy the Pork Buns again but still prefer Cafe Bakery. And I would definitely buy the Big Chicken Buns again ( $1.10@ )

Any other faves here?

Wing Lee Bakery. 503 Clement Ave.

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  1. I love their jook, especially the chicken and mushroom.

    1. I LOVE the big chicken buns too.

      1. Are there other locations that offer this BIG chicken buns maybe in Oakland? Thanks!!

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        1. re: liujenny

          I've been going to Tao Yuen Pastry on Franklin for dim sum takeout since preschool. I know for a fact that they have them there and I think they even use quail eggs in their chicken buns...

        2. Gordon one day soon we must as Chowhound do a taste test. We all pick up our favorite and compare.

          I have a couple of steamed chicken to offer.

          When the weather gets better.

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          1. re: yimster

            Yimster, sounds like a plan. I really liked the one from Wing Lee .... would love to continue the search for an even better one.

          2. Here's the extensive Big Chicken Bun thread from last year.


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            1. re: Gary Soup

              I don't think anyone answered as to whether they're available near or around the Oakland area...

              1. re: liujenny

                I have seen serveral places where they should be available but I have not tried any. So we could use someone ot check them out. There are at least three or four take out dim sum places I have seen walking after a Oakland chowdown but have never gotten any since I live in the West Bay and they ones in the City have a track record for me. But if I am in the East Bay and some places calls out to me I will be only too happy to report back.

                Sorry do not have any names of the places off hand.

                1. re: liujenny

                  The redoubtable Sum Yee pastry, just down the street from Shanghai Restaurant on Webster has them:

                  "Big Chicken Bun $1.10

                  Pork, chicken, sausage and egg inside the big bun. It is steamed and it size are as large as hamburger. Soft and white, filled with many varities of meat described above. If you like buns, then this dim sum is a must eat."


                  Sum Yee Pastry
                  918 Webster St
                  (between 10th St & 9th St
                  )Oakland, CA 94607
                  (510) 268-8089

                  1. re: Gary Soup

                    Yes, that is one of two in Oakland I have purchase dim sum from and was in my mind.

                    The other is accross the street from Gold Medal, Wing some or other, my favorite for baked pork bun in Oakland.

                    But next week when I in Oaktown I will review the name.

                      1. re: yimster

                        hello, the place on 8th St. w. the good baked pork bun is most likely the 'sister' of Sum Yee (if they use the same web site, that's the tell-tale); dim sum items are identical, Sum Yee has more steam table lunch items. For take-out,I consider both consistent and reliable for a number of items, the staff far friendlier than Tao Yuen. cheers

                        1. re: moto

                          Went to Tao Yen today and although their big chicken buns ($.95) are still as good as I remember - lots of chicken and sausage, they now use 1/4 of a regular chicken egg and were definitely lacking in the mushroom department. Also, the other pastries I bought (mainly the siu mai) seemed a bit greasier than usual, but this didn't really bother me - hey, it's takeout.

                          As far as the service goes, I had no issues. They were happy to answer my questions and didn't blink an eye when I realized that I didn't have enough cash and had to run to the atm down the block. Maybe they are friendlier at Sum Yee, but there is nothing wrong with the service at Tao Yuen.

                      2. re: Gary Soup

                        I was at Sum Yee yesterday and had two fantastic kinds of pancake: one was kind of a griddled rice noodle dough, browned on top and festooned with bits of onion and bacon (!). The other was called a yam cake, and was the same dough enhanced with a lot of sweet potato, stuffed with roughly chopped water chestnuts and whole peanuts! Wowee!

                        OTOH, the har gau were awful--the pork fat flavor drowned out the shrimp.

                        And yes, moto, they're friendlier than at Tao Yuen.

                        1. re: heidipie

                          hello, when I go there I often have that scallion/bacon pancake, my spouse gets the leek dumplings with translucent rice dough, and we get what's essentially big, deep fried shrimp wontons to have with the fresh noodles we pick up down the street; haven't tried their har gao in years; the jin du-i (deep fried sesame balls) are decent. thanks for the yam cake rec. cheers