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Craving for Banh Bao (vietnamese steamed bun) in Vancover!


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Craving for Banh Bao (vietnamese steamed bun) in Vancover!

wh00kah | Aug 14, 2009 03:58 PM

hey gang,

So, I'm visiting Vancouver (again!) this year for a week's vacation. I think I've got most of my foodie itinerary down, including Sun Sui Wah and/or Sea Harbour Seafood for dim sum, Pho Thai Hoa on Kingsway for good Vietnamese, and Meok Ja Gol for authentic Korean charcoal BBQ, to name a few.

What I'm hoping is that some native vancouverites can help me find a place for a good Banh Bao, or vietnamese steamed bun. For those unfamiliar, banh bao is like the chinese char siu bao, the steamed bund with the BBQ pork cutlets inside. Banh bao has the same chewy, spongy rice cake exterior, but inside it has minced pork and onion, "lap cheong" or chinese hard sausage, and often a half a boiled egg or a full quail egg.

So, has anyone seen such a beast, and where? I am definitely cruising Tung Hing Vietnamese Bakery to see if they have it (and get some of their legendary banh mi dac biet sandwiches), and I've also heard alot of good things about New Town (but I don't think they'd have banh bao being an traditionally chinese bakery) but if anyone has any other suggestions I'd love to hear it!

Oh, here's a pic of the banh bao's delicious interior:

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