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BAKED Cha siu bao - Oakland

Cindy Jan 28, 2013 01:13 PM

Am looking for recs for baked char siu bows in Oakland's Chinatown. TIA!

  1. kungful Jan 30, 2013 03:43 PM

    Just did a little side by side of Tao Yuen, Wonder Bakery, and Ruby King.
    I liked the wonder bakery best (your mileage may vary). The filling from wonder seemed to have to best quality pork. Nice large slices without much fat and no gristle.

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    1. re: kungful
      kc72 Jan 30, 2013 05:52 PM

      Thx, Wonder was my go to baked char siu bao place and sheet cake place yrs ago, will have to go by again.

      On a side note, a family member bought some baked char siu baos and cocktail baos from Sun Sing -- didn't try the baked char siu bao, but the cocktail bao got hard after a couple of hrs -- unlike the ones from Ruby King which were still soft the next morning.

      1. re: kc72
        gordon wing Jan 30, 2013 11:28 PM

        here are some old photos that add some visuals to this topic. they're not all taken at the same time but they give an idea of the relative amounts of fill. taste is another matter: from my notes I see that I thought that Napolean Bakery had a more savory ( less sweet ) note and their dough was very light. From L-R : Napolean, Sun Sing & Wonder.

    2. Cindy Jan 29, 2013 08:07 AM

      Thanks, all - I go to Ruby King for their don tots and totally didn't clue in that they have baked buns as well.

      Word to parents - these usually freeze well and if you put them in your kids' lunch bags, will defrost by lunchtime. :)

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      1. re: Cindy
        Ruth Lafler Jan 29, 2013 02:14 PM

        It's easy to miss them because they don't have them in the case -- just on the big bakery racks (as with their other high-volume items). Love the freezer tip!!!!

      2. chefj Jan 28, 2013 03:51 PM

        Just for future reference I believe the Pinyin spelling is Cha siu bao or Char siu bao.

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          shanghaikid Jan 28, 2013 02:03 PM

          ruby king and napolean are tops, kam land, tao yuen, and wonder food ok.

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          1. re: shanghaikid
            gordon wing Jan 28, 2013 03:01 PM

            Sun Sing is pretty good IIRC

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