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Nov 3, 2008 08:45 PM

Pork buns..he might purpose if i find them...

so my boyfriend has been looking for pork buns at a chinese restaurant forever. everywhere we go to order pork buns they are like dumplings...the kind he is looking for has pork in the middle and an actual bread like bun surrounding the i said, everywhere we've tried there is pork in the middle but then a doughy dumpling like thing surrounding it. i'm convinced that what he's looking for isn't even called a pork bun but he lives in belmont, but would happily travel to the city for the pork bun he's looking for...any ideas?

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  1. I think he's looking for a baked pork bun. Golden brown on the outside? The softer kind is steamed and white. I would recommend TC Pastry in Daly City for a good one that's closer to Belmont.

    T C Pastry
    67 Saint Francis Sq, Daly City, CA

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    1. re: Melanie Wong

      yes golden brown is what we're looking for...thank you, we're in daly city often...

      1. re: angie2210

        I should mention that TC is mostly a take-out place/bakery. It has a few tables and chairs if you want to buy something at the counter and eat it there. I think it closes around 6:30pm or so. Good luck on the proposal angle!

    2. Have you considered learning the chinese names for the different pork buns, or the characters, or making them yourself?

      There are pictures of standard Char Sui Bao, which is the white and fluffy pork bun. It's steamed, but far from a dumping. The wikipedia page denotes that 'baked' is added for the baked kind, but they're both Char Sui Bao, and that the dough is different.

      Recipes for steamed:

      Recipe and picture for baked:

      With this page, you can look up 'baked' and maybe have a cheat sheet. The 'pork' ideogram is easy to spot - and they have the wrong one here, so I don't know if it's trustworthy

      The problem with the baked char sui bao is they look like desert items on a dim sum cart - they're on the baked cart with the lemon custards. If you're somewhere they don't speak english, I've a started pointing and saying "pork? pork?"

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      1. re: bbulkow

        For baked pork buns in SF, I love Sunset bakery at 9th and Judah. This is a takeout place. Bring home half a dozen and he will love them.

        1. re: bbulkow

          I like the baked ones at Golden Gate Bakery in Chinatown, on Grant Street and the steamed ones at Eastern Bakery (is that the right name) just a couple blocks closer to the Sutter Stockton Garage - it's a good place to park and walk in through the Chinese Gate.

          Golden Gate Bakery
          1029 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

          Eastern Bakery
          720 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94108

          1. re: RichInMV

            Golden Gate Bakery is on another vacation for the remainder of November, but the place around the corner, about halfway up the hill with the wall of pink boxes and very homemade looking buns is very, very good.

            1. re: sugartoof

              Virtually every bakery in Chinatown will have baked cha shiu bao. One of my favorites is at You's Dim Sum, 675 Broadway. Theirs have an especially gloppy filling (which is a good thing).

          2. re: bbulkow

            Mom used to jump start her baked cha siu bao by using Bridgeford frozen bread dough -- will need to ask her about her technique.

            1. re: bbulkow

              Cafe Bakery on Noriega, hands down!!

              1. re: intomeat

                Agreed. Large buns, filled with not-too-sweet pork. Great buzz in this place in the mornings when it is filled with friends meeting for coffee/tea and various buns.
                Corner of 21st and Noreiga.

                1. re: Bob Copeland

                  Third on Cafe Bakery. A friend of mine brought them to brunch the other day - unfortunately, I had just gorged myself on a bunch of donuts from Stan's in San Jose, and could only eat half a bun, but I though it was great. The meat has a prominent shao xing wine flavor to it, and no goopy filler.

                  Cafe Bakery
                  1365 Noriega St, San Francisco, CA 94122

            2. They have both steamed and baked at Yank Sing, SF, 101 Spear at Mission. The owner or head manager told me he prefers the baked ones.

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              1. re: walker

                One of the few things I think is mediocre at Yank Sing is the baked pork buns. Golden Gate Bakery remains my favorite.

              2. I also wonder whether you are trying to order cha sui bao at dinner time? Very unlikely to get them then -- you'll need to find restaurants that serve dim sum (breakfast and lunch). Unless you hit a bakery, you probably won't get pork buns after about 2pm in most places I've been.

                1. Good Luck Dim Sum ($0.80 ea.) and Gourmet Dim Sum ($0.75 ea.) are 2 small shops on Clement street that have good BAKED pork buns, besides other types of dim sum.

                  Gourmet Dim Sum
                  651 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

                  Good Luck Dim Sum
                  736 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

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                  1. re: L C

                    wow...thanks everyone for the great replies...i'm going to surprise him next weekend when i go to his house with buns in hand...i just have to choose which place!!

                    1. re: angie2210

                      I say bring him a sampling from a few different places! Sunset Bakery, and Good Luck Dim Sum are both really excellent. Yank Sing too. Cafe Bakery is okay, but there were some weird pieces in the one I tried.