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May 30, 2003 06:45 PM

manapua in SD

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Where can I get good steamed (not baked) manapua in San Diego? We moved from Hawaii a year ago and my husband can't make it any longer without it. Please help. I want to surprise him.

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  1. Try one of the dim sum houses for steamed char siu baos otherwise you'll have to go to L.A.

    1. Hesitantly I ordered a manapua at the plate lunch place on Garnet who's name escapes me right now. It was what I was expecting....a frozen bun microwaved warm. I think the best place would have to be one of the dim sum restaurants. Unless you can find the manapua truck in your neighborhood......:)

      1. I know this probably won't fill your need (being a transplanted Kama'aina myself), but most Filipino Bakeries (i.e. Red Ribbon Bakery) have what they call Shao-Bao, which you can give a try, I really didn't care for it, but I know other "transplants" that love it.

        1. Any luck with this? I know this post is old, but if you have found these please let us know.

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          1. re: btblender

            L&L used to sell them. Haven't been to a L&L since I discovered better local plate lunch places, so I can't say for sure if they still do.

            1. re: The Office Goat

              What ever you'll find will be previously frozen. I think you'll find frozen Manapua that is just good....or rather bad, at Marukai.

            2. re: btblender

              There's a plate lunch place called Leilani's in Serra Mesa that serves manapua. I wasn't super-impressed with it the last time I tried it, but it might scratch the manapua itch.

              1. re: zompus

                I know this is an old thread, but I thought I'd make a suggestion. They sell manapua at Costco. They're mini ones and you get 12 total. Pop them in the microwave and honestly, they are moist, spongey, and the filling is pretty darn good. I've never had anything as good as that from any Hawaiian place nor Marukai. It's worth a try.