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Apr 1, 2010 02:04 PM

Whole wheat bao (buns) at Wing Lee (Clement St, San Francisco)

Last week when I stopped by Wing Lee to pick up a quick breakfast on my way to the DeYoung, a bright red poster promoted "new and healthy whole wheat buns" among the dim sum offerings. I asked the counter ladies if they were just as good, and they said they tasted the same. I tried one of the steamed chicken buns. The bread is still soft and tender, just a slight bit coarser than the white flour would be, and the filling's just the same. I'm glad to have this option now.


Wing Lee also operates Wei Lee on Clement and Happy Bakery on Irving St, so maybe these are available there as well. Anyone seen whole wheat options at the other small, to-go dim sum shops?

Happy Bakery
2253 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122

Wing Lee Bakery
503 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

Wei Lee Chinese Food & Donut
700 Clement St, San Francisco, CA

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  1. FANTASTIC! Thanks for posting the great news.

    It's a welcome addition for us whole-grainers.

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    1. re: escargot3

      I was trying to remember who was looking for whole wheat, glad you saw this. Please patronize this shop so they'll keep making them.

    2. They have the whole wheat buns at Happy Bakery.

      Happy Bakery
      2253 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122

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      1. re: srr

        Thanks for the word.

        I was back on Clement early this morning and went back to Wing Lee to pick up a bao for breakfast. This time I got the BIG combination bun, $1.30, that has boneless chicken thigh meat, a log of lean lop cheong, hardcooked egg, scallions, black mushroom, and I'm sure I'm leaving something out.

      2. I tried one too... quite exciting to have whole wheat! Actually kind of mind-expanding after a lifetime of white buns :)

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        1. re: indigirl

          I know what you mean! It's was a visual mindbender to see the layer of brown whole wheat buns for the first time when the steamer tray was slid aside.

        2. Where else but the Bay Area would such an innovation be hatched?