baked Char Siu Bao in flushing/ elmhurst
were you just reading this thread in the Manhattan board and got inspired? Cuz I did!
it's been awhile since I did a serious survey of charsiu buns though. all I can say is, I recently had some non charsiu buns at Carnation Bakery on Kissena and I'm sure their buns could meet a challenge. or at least if you went there, you could have some non-char-siu buns, and have some pineapple buns instead:
46-05 Kissena Blvd, Queens, NY 11355
It's called a pineapple bun because the appearance. The bun itself is basically the same as a baked roast pork bun, but the top is coated with - I think - a mix of flour, sugar, egg and milk, so that it has a flaky appearance, somewhat like a pineapple. They come unfilled, or filled with custard, though in Chinese at least, they have different names. The unfilled is called bor lor bao, while the custard filled is called gayam bao. They're good and cost less then a buck. Try one next time you see one.