A Catalog of the 13 Different Steamed Buns at Chinatown's Golden Steamer

A Catalog of the 13 Different Steamed Buns at Chinatown's Golden Steamer

Golden Steamer, which opened a few months ago at 143A Mott Street, is a steamed bun, or bao, specialist. In the small kitchen, a man kneads and and rolls the pearly white dough for the buns, which you can purchase hot from the steamer for 70 cents each, or by the eight-pack for about $3.75. But how to choose? There are at least 13 different kinds of bao on offer, both savory and sweet. Don't miss the pumpkin bao--mildly sweet, squishy, and completely delicious, shown above.

Read on to see the other 12 bao, dissected for your enjoyment.

A Catalog of the 13 Different Steamed Buns at Chinatown's Golden Steamer

Chinese sausage bao

A Catalog of the 13 Different Steamed Buns at Chinatown's Golden Steamer

Sweet egg custard bao

A Catalog of the 13 Different Steamed Buns at Chinatown's Golden Steamer

Gingery chicken and vegetable bao

A Catalog of the 13 Different Steamed Buns at Chinatown's Golden Steamer

This jumbo bao carries a higher price tag--$1.25--but contains a meal's worth of pork, egg, and greens, including Chinese celery.

A Catalog of the 13 Different Steamed Buns at Chinatown's Golden Steamer

Sweet lotus seed paste bao

A Catalog of the 13 Different Steamed Buns at Chinatown's Golden Steamer

Pork and vegetable bao

Click through for the final six bao.

 

A Catalog of the 13 Different Steamed Buns at Chinatown's Golden Steamer

Mixed whole wheat and white mantao

A Catalog of the 13 Different Steamed Buns at Chinatown's Golden Steamer

Sweet red bean paste bao

A Catalog of the 13 Different Steamed Buns at Chinatown's Golden Steamer

Roast pork bao

A Catalog of the 13 Different Steamed Buns at Chinatown's Golden Steamer

Bao with sweet-and-salty egg yolks

A Catalog of the 13 Different Steamed Buns at Chinatown's Golden Steamer

Whole wheat mantou

A Catalog of the 13 Different Steamed Buns at Chinatown's Golden Steamer

Plain white mantou


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