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Bao like you'd find with Peking Duck

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I'm looking for restaurants that make the bun-like white bao that you'd find at Peking Duck specialists. Like this:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bom_mot/...

I'm not looking for the duck, actually, just a place that makes a really good version of this type of bao. Any recommendations?

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  1. 168 Market.

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      They're made at the supermarket? Or is there a brand that's sold there?

      1. re: Professor Salt

        Prepackaged. No idea on the purveyor.

    2. As a sidenote: Actually the bao you're looking for is not the traditional wrap for Peking duck - The "ol' skool" Chinese way is wrapping it with the thin "tortilla"-esque wrap.

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      1. re: J.L.

        It's also what David Chang uses for his pork belly sandwich.

        1. re: ipsedixit

          Had that in NYC. It's pretty much crack in pastry.

          1. re: J.L.

            And it's a total rip off of Taiwanese guo boa

            http://www.inmagine.com/lv043/lv04300...

            1. re: ipsedixit

              Yup. That was a regular part of my ChowYouth. Maybe that's why anything that reminds me of it is so welcoming to me.

              1. re: ipsedixit

                When I last visited Yi Mei Deli in Rowland Heights, I'm almost certain I saw gua bao, and I recall seeing Four Seas have it too. They should at least sell the bun, if you ask nicely or ask ahead of time for a batch of them (e.g. Huge Tree, Yi Mei and all the other TW breakfast type joints in SGV).

                Last option would be Chinese/Taiwanese supermarkets....I vaguely recall seeing bags of these frozen gua bao style buns, made by a company based in SoCal somewhere (SGV/El Monte?). Not surprised if it were Wei Chuan, Yi Mei (no relation)...

                1. re: K K

                  Yes, both have it. Good luck getting them to sell you just the buns separately.

                2. re: ipsedixit

                  surely, someone should alert the taiwanese government about david chang so they can file for injunctive relief post haste.

                  1. re: linus

                    TECO Los Angeles should also file same injunction against Jet Tila:
                    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/daily...

                    Maybe ips can help.

            2. re: J.L.

              Yes, there was a thread on the Manhattan board on the West Coast/East Coast Peking duck wrap wars. West coast uses the mantou buns, which is unknown on the east coast (except to expatriate Californians) where they use the thin wrap.

            3. Previous threads that may be of interest:

              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/718852
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/734406

              1. I have used buttermilk biscuits "in a tube". I used to fill them with meats/poultry and steam for ~15 minutes. Sort of a fast char siu bao.