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Duck Buns in Chinatown?

Hey all- I'm an Angelino transplanted to NYC, and have found, in Flushing's chinatown here, these amazing peking duck buns they sell for $1 a pop, check it out:


I was wondering, for the folks back home, if there was anything like this in our own chinatown. Anyone encountered something like this, preferably on the cheap?


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  1. Only place I've run across them is at Hong Kong Deli in Torrance. They're about a buck a piece too. They will also distrubute them to the Marukai down in Gardena too.
    21720 South Vermont Avenue
    Torrance, CA 90502-2127
    (310) 328-8353


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    1. re: monku

      HK Deli only has the traditional baked inside the bun, these are more like tacos. They look similar to the place in The Century City Mall, are they still in business?

      1. re: Burger Boy

        You're right.
        When the OP said buns I didn't look at the picture. The ones at HK Deli are basically duck meat mixed with hoisin sauce wrapped in a bun like a char sui bao.

        1. re: monku

          I wish they had those in chinatown, I like them, the kahlua pork buns are also very good.

          1. re: Burger Boy

            Forgot about the kalua pork buns, they are good.
            Someone took me to this little Chinese BBQ place in that 727 Broadway building where Kim Chuy and Sam Woo Cafe are located. It was on the ground floor. This was a couple years ago, but you could get what they called a Peking duck for like $10. The place was small with maybe a half dozen tables. Believe it's Sam Woo Express.

            Sam Woo Express
            727 N Broadway #111
            Los Angeles Chinatown

            1. re: monku

              Actually, for the past 10 years it's been called San Woo Express.

              1. re: Chandavkl

                I only went once and didn't pay attention to the name of the place until I "Googled" it. Maybe at one time it was "Sam" Woo Express?

                1. re: monku

                  Yes, at one time there were three Sam Woo locations in the Food Center--Sam Woo Seafood, Sam Woo Cafe and Sam Woo Express. Sam Woo Express was sold off 10 years ago and became San Woo; Sam Woo Seafood was sold off five years ago and became Sum Wu Seafood; and Sam Woo Cafe closed last week.

                  Sam Woo Seafood Restaurant
                  727 N Broadway Ste 215, Los Angeles, CA 90012

                  Sam Woo Cafe
                  727 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012

                  1. re: Chandavkl

                    Used to frequent that Sam Woo Seafood when it was fairly new.
                    Not hard to tell an offshoot of a Sam Woo establishment.

        2. re: Burger Boy

          If you're talking about Take A Bao, they're still there, but I don't think duck is one of their options.

          Take A Bao
          10250 Santa Monica Blvd Ste Fc15, Los Angeles, CA 90067

      2. Only place I ever saw duck buns was at Corner 28 in Flushing. Definitely not a common item in Chinatowns.

        1. That looks yummy! Didn't know they had them ala carte like that. I've always had them at sitdown restaurants when ordering Peking duck. That is my all time favorite and would be my last meal request before I kick the bucket!

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          1. re: Clinton

            If that stand was a food truck, I'd follow.

          2. Th Dim Sum Truck does a Peking Duck taco which is very similar (pic below) http://www.thedimsumtruck.com/Index/M...

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            1. re: ipsedixit

              ipse, come on, a tortilla is so different than that pillowy whit steamed dough they use for boa. I like me some duck tacos but duck boa is so so so........................

              1. re: ipsedixit

                Tried that item this week. Loads of duck meat, but absolutely NO flavor. The tortilla was soggy.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  its just pieces of Chinese roast duck with some spicy hoisin sauce on a tortilla, something you could easily make at home and for much less.

                2. BigBrother, are these similar to the pork buns at Momofuku Noodle Bar?

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                  1. re: Peripatetic

                    Yes, extremely similar. Almost the same type of dough

                    1. re: BigBrother

                      Unfortunately I haven't seen anything like them in LA.

                      There was a recent thread about someone trying to replicate Momofuku buns:

                      - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/711776

                      Another laments the lack of places like Momofuku Saam Bar:

                      - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/719078

                      I think anyone (truck or restaurant) that does a good facsimile of these buns in LA will become wildly successful. Unfortunately there will probably be another twenty dreary "me-too" Father's Office knockoffs before someone tries.

                      1. re: Peripatetic

                        The pork buns are just fancy versions of Gua Bao which is not hard to find in the SGV.


                        1. re: huaqiao

                          Thanks huaqlao! Do you think the recommendations in that thread still stand? 2 1/2 years in the SGV is a long time.

                          The recommendations were:

                          - Yi Mei, 728 S Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park
                          - Won Won Kitchen - 9461 Las Tunas Dr, Temple City
                          - Lu's Garden - 534 E Valley Blvd, San Gabriel

                          1. re: Peripatetic

                            Yi Mei is closed due to fire.

                            Never had the version at Won Won.

                            Lu's Garden doesn't serve that anymore (or at least not to my recollection).

                            The only edible gua bao place at the moment, in the SGV, is at Four Seas in San Gabriel. You can strike Ye Mei/Yung Ho out; the stuff is just bottom barrel.

                            Four Sea Restaurant
                            2020 S Hacienda Blvd, Hacienda Heights, CA 91745

                            Lu's Garden
                            534 E Valley Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

                            1. re: TonyC

                              I know of at least one place in Temple City that will make it on special request ...

                              1. re: TonyC

                                Thanks Tony. "edible" doesn't seem like a strong endorsement. I guess I'll have to wait for a gua bao truck to materialize. Even then it'll probably avoid the SGV like (most of) the other trucks. :(

                    2. i've seen/had them outside of chinatown but that doesn't really answer your question... most of them are at sit down seafood restaurants where you order the whole duck and make it with the supplied buns so that's not cheap either. i guess i'm a total strike out...

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                      1. re: catbert

                        I've made mock Peking Duck by buying buns at Ranch 99 to steam, Hoisin sauce, green onions and a roast duck and slap 'em together. It's not Peking Duck but it scratches that itch.

                      2. Well I suppose getting it at a sit down place is not out of the question. Do the buns served with rhe duck really come as in those pics/Momofuku? The white, lightly sweet fluffy kind? And if so, any recommendations on where in LA to get this?

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                        1. re: BigBrother

                          I've purchased a whole roasted duck from Lucky Deli in Chinatown and they'll throw in a whole bag of those sweet fluffy white buns with it. According to the LA Times, Lucky Deli was rated #1 in their poll a few years back.

                        2. Not in Chinatown and how about 99 cents each?
                          Today I drove by a restaurant and the banner outside reminded me of this post.

                          The banner (see photo) said Peking duck buns 99 cents each after 5pm everyday.
                          The restaurant is East Gourmet Seafood Restaurant in Rosemead. It's in a strip mall on the southwest corner of San Gabriel Blvd. and Garvey.
                          I've never been to the restaurant but noticed the sign.

                          According to "Maps" on my iPhone it says (Permanently closed), but I asked a waitress about the Peking duck special when she was walking in and she said it was good. I won't take her word for it, but 99 cents each I'm not going to expect much.

                          East Gourmet Seafood Restaurant
                          8118 Garvey Avenue

                          East Gourmet Seafood Restaurant
                          8118 Garvey Ave, Rosemead, CA 91770

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                          1. re: monku

                            Actually that's the dinner special that a lot of the SGV Chinese restaurants use to lure you in. Order four regular dishes and you get a Peking duck (the whole thing ) for 99 cents. East Gourmet used to do that with lobster, but I guess they ran out of lobsters.

                            1. re: Chandavkl

                              Thanks for the heads up.
                              Sounded like a 99 cent taco night when it said "each"

                              How much you have to spend to get it for 99 cents ?

                              1. re: monku

                                I forget what the threshold at East Gourmet is. I think I've seen a range of $30 to $50 at various restaurants, depending on the special.