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Best places to buy frozen dim sum - Chinatown

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Best places to buy frozen dim sum - Chinatown

iprobeattoomuch | Nov 8, 2011 12:11 PM

I have a lifelong hankering for Char Siu Sou, the flaky baked version of char siu bao. I've tried to find recipes, tried to make it myself using conventional puff pastry: no luck... ANYWHERE.

In Chinatown, at some of the dim sum places, I know you can pick up frozen steamed buns and siu mai, so you can take it home and make it 'fresh' yourself. BUT... does anybody know where to get frozen char siu sou? I'd prefer Chinatown in Manhattan but I'd journey to any of the outer boroughs if necessary.

As a distant secondary objective, does anybody have opinions on the best frozen dim sum in general? I DO get to dim sum frequently, but it's those off hour cravings I just can't seem to shake. (My personal bible is Andrea Nguyen's Asian Dumplings, but it's tough to muster the strength to whip up a batch of scratch made dumplings when the cravings hit at midnight or a lazy day).

Thank you!!!

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