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Chinese Breads: Shao Bing/Kao Mantou

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Chinese Breads: Shao Bing/Kao Mantou

Michael Heinl | Sep 19, 2001 07:36 PM

The culture of Chinese breads is the poor relation in Chinese cooking. This Northern Chinese-Wheat-based subculture isn't as well known as it should be. There's a wonderful pita-bread like sesame seed studded dough pocket called shao bing that is served with a chopped meat/onion/?? filling that I can't find anywhere in NYC. Is there such a place? Years ago, there was a place in L.A. called Chui's Dumplings that did them perfectly, but they went out of business. I've occasionally found places that will make the bing, but if not done right, they can be too greasy, or too crunchy.

Recipes are available in several books, but there should be somewhere in NYC that one could get this?

Along the same lines, is there any place in NYC one can get steamed or fried mantou?
Michael

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