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

DaveCook Nov 26, 2008 07:34 AM

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?

  1. bigjeff Nov 30, 2008 05:53 PM

    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
      DaveCook Nov 30, 2008 06:57 PM

      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
        bigjeff Dec 1, 2008 04:56 AM

        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
          bigjeff Apr 7, 2009 09:12 AM

          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.

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