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illegible Sep 16, 2011 09:09 AM

I had some pork buns at Momofuku in NYC recently, and they really were that good. Now I'm back in the Northwest and I want more. Any suggestions for Seattle-area restaurants with excellent pork buns?

North King County, Shoreline, Lynnwood -- somewhere in this are would be best.

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    DiggyK Sep 16, 2011 12:30 PM

    Not sure of a restaurant that has them but they're really easy to make at home. You can buy the buns at Uwajimaya or in pretty much any asian store (I've read that even at Momofuku they don't make them in house). The pork belly requires an overnight brine then some time in a low oven before a last minute blast of heat to crisp up the skin. The hoisin sauce is purchased and you can choose whether or not to lightly pickle the cucumbers. Here's a recipe:

    http://kitchenmusings.com/2011/01/mom...

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    Uwajimaya
    600 5th Ave S, Seattle, WA

    1. dave_c Sep 16, 2011 12:41 PM

      I haven't seen roasted pork buns in Seattle. Those folded buns served with roasted duck is much more common.

      As DiggyK mentions, you can assemble your own at home.
      The roasted pork belly at Uwajimaya is pretty good. Kau Kau is another place for good roasted pork belly.
      The buns are available frozen in many Asian markets. I recommend steaming.

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      Uwajimaya
      600 5th Ave S, Seattle, WA

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        dagrassroots Sep 16, 2011 01:35 PM

        Facing east has them. They are called pork burgers and the pork is braised.

        1. terrier Sep 16, 2011 06:22 PM

          Can't help with north king county, but Canon, the place that's opened up in the former Licorous space on 12th Avenue (next to Lark) has some exceptional pork buns of this variety. The other food I've sampled there has been delicious as well, and their cocktails are even more exceptional.

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          12th Avenue Cafe
          775 NW Gilman Blvd Ste G, Issaquah, WA 98027

          1. gingershelley Sep 17, 2011 10:45 AM

            If you can't find them in a resto, here is a link to the recipes from the Momofoku cookbook; for the pork belly, and the buns (they do make their own...)

            http://newyork.timeout.com/restaurant...

            I keep meaning to make these, perhaps now that the weather has turned cool again, I will give them a try - and let you all know how they turn out!

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              eat.rest.repeat Sep 19, 2011 12:41 AM

              Momofuku has a few different types. Facing East in Bellevue has what they call "pork burgers" and they are the Taiwanese buns - gua bao that I believe you are seeking. They are delicious there.

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