Best bbq pork bao for takeout for a CROWD?
Because I love my friends and family I am feeding them shrimp bao and pork bao at my wedding. Where are they good AND CHEAP? I love Empress Pavilion but don't know how much they would cost. Are there quantity discounts anywhere? Help! Before I turn into a raging bridezilla!
I don't know youre definition of cheap, but I think most dim sum is pretty cheap.
I've never seen shrimp bao, but you can get inexpensive bao for takeout at Family Pastry. I prefer the baked bao. They are large and, I believe, $0.95 each.
Today, I picked up a large takeout order for 8 people. For $70, we had more food than we could even come close to finishing. I think the steamed BBQ pork bao was about $2.00 for three pieces. The bao was very good and the dough on both the steamed and baked bao was excellent.
The takeout-only Hong Kong, in the alley off Broadway in Chinatown that Phoenix Bakery is on, has consistently excellent takeout dim sum, old-fashioned in style, and is very, very cheap.
I've seen pork bao at CBS Seafood. In addition to the restaurant itself, CBS has a take-out store adjacent. I'm not sure what you consider cheap, but the buns are pretty big and it's something like $1.80 (maybe $2.00 now?) for 3 of them. They're located at 700 N. Spring St. If I were you, I'd stop in during the day and give it a test drive. What have you got to lose for less than $2 per order? And if you like them, find out what their price would be for the quantity you need.
I've never seen or heard of shrimp bao either. For baked pork bao, I like Won Kok in China Town. Probably best to do a taste test of the places mentioned.