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Oct 12, 2007 10:39 AM

Looking for good roast pork buns in chinatown

not too far from 26 Federal Plaza. the place I used to go closed and so far I have not found ones I like.

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  1. Mei Lei Wah, 64 Bayard btw Mott & Elisabeth; the best

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    1. re: cmballa

      agreed these are the best you can get in chinatown (they're good)

      1. re: Lau

        Thanks to both of you. I will give them a try next week.

        1. re: rolise

          Thanks. I went last week and they were great. How are the other dim sum there?

          1. re: rolise

            stick with buns (roast pork bun or big bun)...the coconut buns arent is decent

      2. re: cmballa

        I respectfully disagree. It's decent, but most of the "meat" is fat chunks, and I think there's too much oyster sauce.

        1. re: cmballa

          Yet one more vote against Mei Lei Wah. I often find gristley bits in the buns and the meat is more shredded than cubed. I like the buns at Golden Fung on Mott @ Pell. Chunkier meat and less fat. They are sweeter than the ones at MLW, but that's okay in my book although I know it's a negative for some. Finally, although it has nothing to do with taste, the ones at Golden Fung are individually packed in a small plastic baggie--great for both freezing and tossing in the microwave to reheat.

        2. Chatham Restaurant, 9 Chatham Square. Good buns and a better execution of dim sum than Mei Lei Wah.

          Try the coffee; both those places use a siphon so the stuff is good. Their food and coffee is so close I suspect that a former MLW employee started Chatham.

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          1. re: tomishungry

            chatham has good buns (and much better dim sum than MLW)...its been there forever, although it used to be called hop shing, generally same food although it used to be better than it is now, but still good

          2. Another vote for Chatham Restaurant, 9 Chatham Square. Only place to get them, IMO.

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            1. re: Divaleh

              I stopped by 9 Chatham for a bun today and though I am a Mei Lei Wah apologist, I felt the Chatham variety was of lesser quality. The dough was too sweet and cakey for my taste. I guess I go for the gummier sort.

              And as for the amount of fat in the MLW bun, well, isn't that the best thing about it ?

            2. Sun Say Kai on Canal had amazing pork, custard and coconut buns. They are better than MLW in my opinion. Less fat and larger. The coffee was good as well. The coconut bun tasted like it had a melted macaroon in the middle, delicious!

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              1. re: kam0424

                I recently found out about roast pork buns. I went to fay da bakery in main st. flushing and picked it up by accident, and that has been the best mistake I ever made. Now I want to get them all the time. I went to Sun Say Kai for the first time today and they were really good. But does anyone know where I can find the pork buns with the red shreeded pork filling. I don't mind the other version were the meat is almost cubed with a brown sauce, but I prefer the sweeter one.