I just ate the most extraordinary roast pork bun in Sunset Park on 49th Street just west of 8th. Place is called Yun Nan Flavor Snack.
I also sampled a stewed chicken/rice noodle soup, pretty good, never had these particular type of rice noodles before--they were thick and round (like a pencil, but longer and thinner). As I got up to pay for the soup, some neighborhood teenagers were causing a commotion over these buns. So I grabbed one on the way out, and when I bit into it, I had one of those chowhound moments...I was mumbling "oh my God" and "wow" and "holy crap" while walking down 8th Avenue.
The texture was very different than other roast pork buns--pillowy, soft, slightly chewy, almost like the phyllo dough in an Albanian burek. And the pork was super sweet and savory and some of the little pieces had crisped ends, almost like bacon. I'm guessing from the name of the establishment and the uniqueness of the menu that these guys are from the Yunnan province.
Go. Now. And I hope they're always this good and it's not just a time of day/lucky coincidence thing. They also have a bunch of other buns listed on the menu.
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