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Feb 3, 2009 03:42 PM

ISO BBQ Pork Steamed Buns (dim sum style) at night?

I'm under the weather and craving BBQ Pork Steamed Buns.... I only have these at dim sum, but figure they would be sold at night. Does anyone know if this is true?

The closer to Arcadia-Pasadena/210 Fwy, the better.

I did a quick search, and it seems like Noodle House on Garvey in Monterey Park may have them...

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  1. Many supermarkets like 99 Ranch Market sell these char siu bao in their ready-made food section. Japanese supermarkets like Nijiya sometimes sell leftover (same-day) dim sum in their ready-made food sections, too.

    13 Replies
    1. re: J.L.

      Replying to myself (a sure sign of aging, perhaps)...

      Mrs. J.L. was nice enough to bring some char siu bao home for me today from Famima!. Sheer coincidence.

      1. re: J.L.

        The problem with Famima!is that they don't seem to have adequate turnover for their baozi, and the end result is buns that have been in the steamer way too long. Every baozi I've bought from Famima! has has gluey bread.

        Mr Taster

        1. re: Mr Taster

          Totally agree with Mr Taster, but Mrs. J.L. is my sweetheart anyways.

          1. re: Mr Taster

            I don't think I've every found anything edible at Famima!

              1. re: J.L.

                That's like saying Famima! has really good Coke!


                1. re: ipsedixit


                  Asking for edible baozi at Famima! is akin to asking for edible hot dogs at 7-Eleven.

                  1. re: J.L.

                    But to be fair, the Asian parent store where Famima! get's its pedigree, Family Mart, are ubiquitous throughout Japan and Taiwan, and they serve very solid baozi for a low price. I've never had a gluey bun at any Family Mart in Asia... I'm not sure whether to attribute that to volume turnover or that the workers in Asia actually know what the proper texture of a baozi actually is supposed to be (as opposed to the trendoid counterpeople here who think Asian things are cool but have no idea how to steam a bun properly)

                    Mr Taster

                    1. re: Mr Taster

                      You can attribute it to turnover.

                      Here in the states, most people (outside of maybe the folks on Chowhound who are posting on this thread) will rarely crave a char sui boa as a "fast food" item.

                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        I also regularly crave tuna and salmon onigiri, which to my mind is the perfect on the go healthy snack food. It's just not possible to find here, outside Japanese enclaves and the occasional Famima. It sickens me to think how easy these foods are to acquire at convenience stores elsewhere in the world, but we're stuck with old hot dogs and other assorted varieties of crap. I think the hard boiled eggs are about as healthy and exciting as the convenience store selections here get.

                        Mr Taster

                        1. re: Mr Taster

                          I would just settle for some spam musubi like they have at 7-Elevens in Hawai'i.

        2. The New Won Kok in Chinatown always has the steamed buns.
          San Gabriel Valley Super store has them in the prepared section to the left as you enter, I think they serve till 7 or 8, be aware they sometimes are not as service oriented to us round eyes, on 2 occasions I have been almost ignored and had other seved first who came after me .

          1. Even Costco has them in the refrigerated section. Comes in a box of 6 or 8. I've never had them.

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            1. re: monku

              i've sampled these at costco and they're actually not bad at all! i think they were around 8 bucks or so.

            2. JJ Bakery in Arcadia. Fresh.

              Diamond Bakery in Monterey Park has them as well.

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              1. re: ipsedixit

                Thanks ipse. You have mentioned JJ Bakery at least once before for cakes or something and since then I noticed it is located in the same strip mall as Din Tai Fung. I have had it on my list. I have also been looking for some good Manapua like I had at Libby Manapua on Oahu. Your post here took me to JJ today. These baseball size buns are full of really good, fresh, and a little sweet BBQ pork. The bun is also browned like I have never seen but have always wanted. At Libby they add a tiny amount of diced green onion and it goes very well with the flavor of the pork but the browned bun at JJ adds a positive texture and presentation. One was enough but I could have eaten two because they were that good. As I ate it driving away I really wished I bought two. The price was $1.25 and that is reasonable and the packaging is very nice also. I will go back again and again and look forward to trying the pork and veggie bun also. And those cakes look great.

                JJ Baker
                1130 S Baldwin Ave
                Arcadia, CA 91007
                (626) 574-5866

                1. re: JeetJet

                  Glad you enjoyed them.

                  By the way, don't you find the Libby Manapuas a bit too chewy and dense? Not light and fluffy as you would find at most typical dim sum joints.

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    chewy and dense is OK with me if that is the local thing. Actually, I like chewy bread more than soft. Also, dense can be more of a sustantive meal. But what I did not lke about Libby was the white color of a dough product (steamed) as opposed to a baked look -- browned like JJ. Also, the Libby manapua sticks to the paper on the bottom and when you remove the paper it takes some of the bottom with it. That could be improved. The bun at JJ comes in a cupcake style holder and it came right out when I turned it upside down -- nce..What is hard to find is the good quality of the pork filling. I have had so many that are so bad but JJ is something to look forward to having again.

                    1. re: JeetJet

                      But you can do 2 things with that paper stuck w/parts. Eat it like you would an oreo cookie or chew on it and throw it out after you get all that flavor (use to do this when I was a little girl, almost like a ritual). I prefer the steamed white ones myself, when they are done correctly.

                2. re: ipsedixit

                  My experience is that JJ can be hit or miss. The good and bad thing is that you never know what they will have when you go in. I have only seen bao and maki right around lunch time. But like I said, that is my experience.

                  1. re: Fru

                    IMO, that is good to know because I almost did not buy one when the counter person pointed to the shelf whan I asked for one. I thought to myself, "How long has it been sitting on that shelf?" The counter person must have noticed an expression on my face and asked if that was what I wanted. I said I thought it would be in a steamer fresh made. She walked over to the shelf and handed me one and asked that I feel the bottom which was still warm. She said "these were just made." Yeah, it was a about high noon. So thanks, it is good to know that these will be fresh at lunch.

                    1. re: JeetJet

                      Yes, you never know what will be on the shelves. I do think that is part of the fun except when I'm craving one of those buns with the "buttermilk". I love perusing the shelves to find items with the packaging still open warm from the oven. That means that the item has been freshly made and would steam itself to death if they sealed it up. So yes, their turnover is quick. Grab it while you can.

                3. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

                  Would have never thought the markets would have them... and JJ Bakery is very close to work. Fantastic!

                  On a side note - I called Noodle House last night and I was told they do not do BBQ Pork, since it's Cantonese and they do "North Chinese Style".