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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!

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  1. Yum Cha Cafe in the San Gabriel Valley Superstore (SW corner of San Gabriel Blvd. and Valley)

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      I've never seen a shrimp bao (do you mean har gau?) but you can get impressive quantities of very cheap cha shu (BBQ pork) bao from MHL at the corner of Garfield and Garvey. It's quite tasty though obviously you will need to have them resteamed (I don't think they cater).

      1. re: Das Ubergeek

        Ubergeek, your knowledge of awesome food astounds me, and my wedding is going to be in Long Beach. Any great OC area dim sum places?

        1. re: macrogal

          Hm. "Great"? No. "Usually pretty good, and occasionally stellar"? That'd be Ten Ten Seafood. There's one in Anaheim and one in Cerritos. I've never been to the Cerritos branch, so you may wish to "sample" a bit.

      2. re: ipsedixit

        Good friend of mine order a huge party tray from Yum Cha. They were fantastic! They can accomodate ANY party size.....Despite the crazy crowds, they can easily cater your LARGE CROWD......if its a huge order (like my friends), they offer you nice deals..... Good Luck......

          1. re: macrogal

            It's in the San Gabriel Superstore at the corner of San Gabriel Bl. and Valley Bl.

      3. 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.

        1. 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.

          1. 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.

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            1. re: Faulkner99

              I'll second CBS as a source of good and inexpensive dim sum. I think the large baked BBQ pork buns are still around 60 cents each. Also the pineapple top baked chicken buns, too.

            2. 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.