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Great soup buns in Tokyo

Deb H. | Jan 15, 2001 01:00 PM

Recent posts about soup buns (Xiao Long Bao) on the New York & General Topics boards reminded me of one of the best places I've had soup buns so far: Shinya Hanten in Shiba-Daimon (used to be my office lunch spot). They're a Chinese-run place known for their soup buns (aka "sho ron po" in Japanese), which can sometimes take a while so order them right away after sitting down. Service can be a little curt, but the soup buns are definitely worth it. They line the steamer baskets with lettuce -- a nice treat to eat when the soup buns are gone. I seem to recall that there are about ten buns to an order, but I might be off.

Shinya Hanten
(sometimes known as Shina Hanten)
2-3-2 Shiba-Daimon
Minato-ku, Tokyo
03-3434-0005

Take the Toei Asakusa subway line to Daimon station, it's a skinny, inconspicuous three- or four-story building right next to McDonalds. Andy P., try it out!!

Best,
Deb H.

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