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dniche May 11, 2011 10:05 AM

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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    Geo8rge May 12, 2011 03:57 AM

    Hop Shing is back in business were the Chatham restaurant was and Hop Shing used to be.

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    Hop Shing
    9 Chatham Square, New York, NY 10038

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      Frederick Loren May 11, 2011 09:51 PM

      WALLE is a must. Check it out on E 53rd. Chef, Chris Cheung (Bourdain's Chinatown guide on No Rez). OK, it's not steamed...Pan-fried roast pork bun. Delicious. Also serves a liquid foie gras bun. Amazing how much baking they do here. Even have a bao bread basket with a cinnamon raisin bao, chinese baked brioche...yum. Very high quality.

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

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        dontcallmethefword May 11, 2011 08:37 PM

        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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          travel.eats May 12, 2011 01:26 PM

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

        2. teresa May 11, 2011 08:30 PM

          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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            laughlynne May 12, 2011 07:49 AM

            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

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            chocokitty May 11, 2011 08:03 PM

            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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              sadiemulcadie May 11, 2011 08:22 PM

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

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              Ippudo
              65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

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                daffyduck May 12, 2011 10:31 PM

                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

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                  sugartoof May 12, 2011 11:23 PM

                  Would you agree that Momofuko is superior to BaoHaus though?

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                  BaoHaus
                  137 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

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                    daffyduck May 13, 2011 12:22 AM

                    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

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                      sugartoof May 13, 2011 09:36 AM

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

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              diprey11 May 11, 2011 05:17 PM

              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

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                0bzTime4Food May 11, 2011 02:28 PM

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

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                  Riverman500 May 12, 2011 04:57 AM

                  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

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                    dniche May 12, 2011 07:08 AM

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

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                      kathryn May 12, 2011 07:20 AM

                      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/...

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                        sugartoof May 12, 2011 02:52 PM

                        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.

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