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Feb 17, 2011 09:54 AM

Chinese Bakery in Chinatown?

Looking for advice from folks who know more about Chinatown than I do! I'm planning to make steamed pork buns some time soon, but I don't want to actually make my own steamed buns. I hear they're available frozen at a lot of Asian supermarkets, but I was wondering if there was somewhere good I could buy them fresh.

Any advice on good Chinese or Japanese or Korean bakeries that might have fresh steamed buns? I work near Chinatown, but I am willing to travel. What about frozen buns - any store that you rely on for these?

Thanks in advance!

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  1. My go-to bakery in Ctown is Eldo Cake House. Can't speak to pork buns specifically (I'm veg), but everything I've had there is great.

    Eldo Cake House
    36 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA

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    1. re: Science Chick

      Mmmmmm curried beef turnovers too at Eldo.

    2. I also like Eldo but I've been doing Great Taste bakery a lot lately and like their big steamed bun. I haven;t tried their steamed pork bun. For a similar price you could get them take out from Winsor dim sum cafe and I find they have a slightly more delicate hand on the dough there.

      Great Taste
      201 Main St, Milford, MA 01757

      1. My favorites are at Great Taste. They have a nice curried beef or curried chicken bun, or the more traditional pork buns. All are quite tasty, with a nice crunchy and flaky crust and good curry flavor inside.

        Great Taste
        201 Main St, Milford, MA 01757

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        1. re: mwk

          what about the bbq pork buns in particular? and can anyone tell me what they are called?

          1. re: Wannabfoode

            char siu bao. For the baked ones add gook (baked) to it.

          2. re: mwk

            Great Taste has two sides--a restaurant and a bakery.

            You can only get BAKED pork buns on the bakery side. Or you can get their big steamed bun, which is much larger than your usual steamed pork bun, and has a filling that includes preserved egg and Chinese sausage as well as pork. The bakery side is open from 8 AM till 10 PM on weeknights, 11PM on Fridays and Saturdays.

            The STEAMED pork buns need to be purchased as take-out from the restaurant side. While the restaurant is open the same hours as the bakery, I believe they only sell steamed pork buns during their dim sum hours--10AM till 4PM. (If you want them for take out at another time, best check first that they'll be available.)

            Great Taste
            201 Main St, Milford, MA 01757

            1. re: femmevox

              Thanks for the info. I have obtained the baked steamed buns from the bakery, and they're really good, though much smaller than the standard steamed pork bun with the egg, sausage, and meatball.

          3. "Dai bao" or the kind filled with meat, egg, sausage, etc. are usually bigger than normal because of all the fillings. The name actually means "big bun". Slighly smaller than that is probably your average size meat filled bun.

            I don't have one overall favorite bakery in Chinatown - depending on what I want, I hit up different bakeries. If I had to pick one favorite overall, I'd say Royal Bakery, though I am increasingly a fan of Great Taste. As noted, not all bakeries offer the steamed buns, but most bakeries are close enough to give it a try and head off to the next outpost if you strike out.

            For steamed buns, there is also a bakery on Harrison, towards the South End, called May's cake house. They do a pork and vegetable steamed bun sold in a pack of 6 or so that I find tasty. They are not the same as "dai bao" -- no sausage or egg - just pork and veggies (called choi yuk bao).

            Great Taste
            201 Main St, Milford, MA 01757

            1. If you are willing to travel, I have two places for you: The bakery section in the Kam Man grocery store in Quincy has HUGE steamed buns, that you can watch them making them on certain afternoons, namely Wed. and Friday afternoon. They sell plastic containers of pork bao and occaisionally chicken bao and veggie ones 6 to a pack. If they are making them, you can ask for one off the steamer. On other days, they run out. The other place is Formosa Taipei , the takeout place in Lexington and their big restaurant in Nashua, NH. These steamed bao are not as big as Kam Man, but completely perfect and fluffy, and have a nice sized glop of pork inside. Lastly, It is actually pretty easy to make steamed buns, you can make them w/a yeast bread recipe and not stuff them before steaming, then cut open the bao and fill it afterwards, or just eat w/ butter and pork floss, which I grew up doing.

              Formosa Taipei
              315 Marrett Rd, Lexington, MA 02421