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Pork Buns

I need some recommendations on steamed pork buns. Momofuku, Ippudo, Baohaus, a random spot in chinatown...what do you guys think? Thanks

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Momofuku Noodle Bar
171 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

Ippudo
65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

BaoHaus
137 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

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  1. Say what you want about David Chang. Say what you want about the Momofuku empire. Those pork buns are dope.

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    1. re: 0bzTime4Food

      I agree. I especially love the bar bun with crispy pork belly, avocado, basil, & smoked mayo at Momofuku Ssam Bar.

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      Momofuku Ssam Bar
      207 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

      1. re: Riverman500

        Would you know if the pork buns are available at the Milk bar next door?

        1. re: dniche

          The EV Milk Bar is across the street now in a smaller space. No more buns for now:
          http://ny.eater.com/archives/2011/04/...

          1. re: kathryn

            Also, it's pretty much all takeout now.

            The only upside is the cookies are now slightly larger, and they are offering a few new items.

    2. Steamed pork buns at Mei Li Wah can be very satisfying. Look for a long line of Cantonese babushkas along Bayard St. :-) Most people order by a box, a dozen each.

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      Mei Li Wah
      64 Bayard St, New York, NY 10013

      1. The three restaurants' pork buns are a different style than the random Chinatown bakery spot.

        If you're talking about the style of the former 3, they're a take on the Taiwanese-style gua bao. (Think peking duck buns but filled with pork). The usual Chinatown bakery spots have a cake-ier, sweeter bread with a sweet-savory pork (cha siu) filling.

        If you are looking/asking for the gua bao style, I prefer Momofuku.

        Tina
        http://thewanderingeater.com

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        1. re: chocokitty

          Ippudo. hands down. the best around...........

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          Ippudo
          65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

          1. re: sadiemulcadie

            I prefer BaoHaus and Momofuku over Ippudo

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            Ippudo
            65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

            BaoHaus
            137 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

            1. re: daffyduck

              Would you agree that Momofuko is superior to BaoHaus though?

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              BaoHaus
              137 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

              1. re: sugartoof

                hard to say. i think i like Momofuku's better pork to pork. i am a big fan of the fried chicken bao at Baohaus but it's hard to compare that, but I'm not a big fan of their tofu bao (just okay to me). I still haven't tried the new momofuku pork buns with avocado, I deinitely have to do that soon. this is a great thread!
                I haven't tried a lot of the places mentioned Walle, Fatty Crab, Je bon, etc

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                Fatty Crab
                643 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

                Walle
                249 E 53rd St, New York, NY 10022

                1. re: daffyduck

                  I really loved the Momofuko special bun specifically for that crisped pork belly. I was craving it for days.

        2. I'm going to have to say BaoHaus because it's the closest to an authentic Taiwanese guabao. You should try the beef version, it's tasty!

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          BaoHaus
          137 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

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          1. re: teresa

            I like the ones at Je'Bon, around the corner from Ippudo on St. Mark's. Nearly identical to those at Momofuku, but half the price.

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            Ippudo
            65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

            Je'bon
            15 Saint Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

          2. Momofuko ssam bar buns are pretty good. But, my favorite are the ones at fatty crab. The have cilantro, pickled radish and charred green pepper, with a great side dipping sauce. So good.

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            1. re: dontcallmethefword

              100% agree! And, if you go at happy hour, it's only $5 for two!