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Steamed Pork Buns?

plumtart Apr 26, 2009 01:52 PM

Are there any places in Brooklyn or Queens that have SPB's like the ones at Momofuko?

I've just discovered them and am obsessed. Board search turned up little, plus I am confused by Soup Dumpling vs. Steam Bun.


  1. pitu Apr 26, 2009 02:29 PM

    momofuko's are unique - you might as well get those if you are obsessed
    : )
    soup dumplings are a completely different animal than what you had in the east village - soup dumplings are a little purse of a dumpling with a rich hot porky broth inside - you bite off a little dough and slurp out the broth.

    There's also lots of roasted pork buns around Chinatown and various places in the city, tasty and cheap. Also totally different from what you had.

    Zuzu's Ramen is serving something similar, in terms of steamed bread with pork inside, but again, not the same.

    1. l
      Lau Apr 26, 2009 06:55 PM

      check your post in manhattan responded it there, i listed the two places in queens that serve the dish you want...will be slightly different than momofuku's at the traditional condiments for gua bao are chopped up peanuts, chopped up cilantro and this sweet brown powder / sugar stuff

      one day if u ever make it to taiwan, u must try the real deal...the real good places let you choose the fattiness of the pork belly...awesome

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      1. re: Lau
        plumtart Apr 27, 2009 08:08 AM

        mmm.... choosing the fattiness sounds like pig heaven. Heading to manhattan board now.


        1. re: plumtart
          Lau Apr 27, 2009 08:19 AM

          oh forgot, the other main condiment is suan cai (pickled vegetables)...thats actually my favorite of the condiments

          1. re: Lau
            mike in brooklyn Apr 27, 2009 01:34 PM

            almost any place that sells baked roast port buns also sells
            steamed - cantonese they are 'jing char su bow'
            any place that has dim sum and most chinese bakeries make them too.

            In Brooklyn - 8th Ave, 86St in Bensonhurst, Ave U in Sheepshead Bay
            all have lots of stores where you can get them.

            1. re: mike in brooklyn
              Lau Apr 27, 2009 01:43 PM

              OP isn't talking about cha siu bao, they are actually talking about gua bao (no cantonese bakery serves them b/c its a taiwanese street food); a gua bao is basically what momofuku serves (although apparently david chang was inspired by the cantonese style peking duck served with mantou)

              the term "steamed pork bun" is misleading

              1. re: Lau
                scoopG Apr 27, 2009 07:32 PM

                Should be called a steamed pork belly bun or just a plain old Taiwanese hamburger.

      2. c
        ckl Apr 29, 2009 10:03 AM

        I mean, Momofuko's are tasty and all, but if you've ever had a really good guo bao (aka Taiwanese burger), Momofuko's are just good. Unique, they are not! Just hard to find in these parts... Some joints in Flushing, like the Roosevelt Food court and I think the Flushing Mall, have them...

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        1. re: ckl
          chefjellynow Apr 29, 2009 12:17 PM

          Roosevelt Food court is now closed

          1. re: ckl
            kathryn Apr 29, 2009 06:13 PM

            Momofuku's (not Momofuko it's Momofuku with a U at the end) buns are not really gua bao. Momofuku's have hoisin, cucumber, scallions...basically Cantonese peking duck with pork instead of duck. Gua bao have peanuts and cilantro and pickled greens. To me these are pretty different flavor profiles.

            1. re: kathryn
              Lau Apr 29, 2009 07:00 PM

              yeah i agree with you, but i think it reminds me more of a gua bao than cantonese style peking duck buns

              also their hoisin sauce is saltier than more hoisin sauces, so it doesn't have that sweetness that i associate with cantonese peking duck buns

              i guess its sort of a bastard creation although in a good way

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