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.
Chinese sausage bao
Sweet egg custard bao
Gingery chicken and vegetable bao
This jumbo bao carries a higher price tag–$1.25–but contains a meal’s worth of pork, egg, and greens, including Chinese celery.
Sweet lotus seed paste bao
Pork and vegetable bao
Click through for the final six bao.
Mixed whole wheat and white mantao
Sweet red bean paste bao
Roast pork bao
Bao with sweet-and-salty egg yolks
Whole wheat mantou
Plain white mantou