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Dec 22, 2009 09:41 AM

Looking for baked bbq pork buns like Golden Gate Bakery in San Francisco

Just came back from San Francisco and had the best baked bbq pork buns ever! Good not too sweet bun with a good bun to meat ratio. Meat was good and not too fatty or gristly (and more importantly, not that nasty bright pink color). Is there anywhere in Chinatown, or the San Gabriel Valley that you would recommend? I've searched the boards and many of the recommendations are a little dated. Any suggestions are much appreciated!

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  1. I don't know how it'll compare but, I like the ones at Won Kok in China Town.

      1. I've had good ones at Hop Li on Baldwin Ave in Arcadia

        1. Family Pastry in Chinatown.
          They're meaty and one can make a meal. The meat is good, no fat, but there's that slight pink tone you speak of. Don't be surprised if they're better than Golden Gate.
          65 cents each.
          Open 7 days 7am-5:30pm

          715 N Spring St
          Los Angeles, CA 90012
          (across the street from CBS Seafood)

          5 Replies
          1. re: monku

            Thanks for all the suggestions! I may have to check them all out and report back.

            1. re: ftk

              Family Pastry has good egg custard tarts too, which Golden Gate Bakery is also known for.

              1. re: monku

                Now the dan tat, which I crave and have tried at both places is still better at Golden Gate Bakery! The best version locally is at Nata's in the SFV.

                1. re: sel

                  They must be popular at Family Pastry, I see them coming out fresh every morning.

                  1. re: monku

                    I wasn't sayin that they're bad. I like em and gobble em up when in Chinatown L.A. GGB is just better! Haven't been to Family Pastry in about 2 yrs so now I'll have to stop by and chck it out again!

          2. In my estimation if there is one thing the Empress Pavillion does right it is their dim sum. Both the baked and the steamed pork buns are as close to San Francisco as I have been able to find. If you go I would also highly recommend their baked chicken bus. A great ratio of filling to bun.

            Empress Pavilion Restaurant
            988 N Hill St # 201, Los Angeles, CA