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Nov 26, 2008 07:34 AM

Shengjian mantou, aka shengjian bao, or pan-seared Shanghai buns

The ones I've found in New York, on St. Mark's...

...weren't up to snuff, compared with their Chinese counterparts, and a chowhound who emailed me this morning mentioned that they used to be sold from a cart on Canal, but "maybe 17 years ago." Any more-recent sightings?

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  1. dave, the ones in flushing (across from starbucks, around the corner from Chao Zhou (the noodle bowl restaurant) have been around for a long time; I think 2 for $1? Pretty damn good, the last time I had them. although I do recall a different one that came in those paper/foil takeaway packets like from the peruvian rotisserie chicken places; I will ask my mom.

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    1. re: bigjeff

      Thanks, stranger. (Long time, no see.) Are you referring to the fried small buns at this place?

      Despite the menu, the entrance to Zhu Ji Guo Tie is on 41st Ave.

      1. re: DaveCook

        yep that's the one. the top item in the second column (fried small bun) is the thing, the characters are "shen-jian-xiao-bao", not sure what "shen" means on its own but "shen-jian" is like steam-fry and of course, little bun. they have big ones too which I thought were more like 2 for a dollar but maybe not.

        1. re: bigjeff

          went by and because we didn't want a big snack like the shen-jian-bao, we just got dumplings which are now 4 for $1.25. I tried to be sneaky and asked for $1 of dumplings and the lady gave me 3 in a box; what a rip! try to con a con and you get conned. the dumplings themselves were terrible! it was amazing. undercooked, the dough was not cooked through, filling was juicy but nowhere, nowhere near as good as prosperity dumpling.