When I went to NYC Chinatown last weekend, I quickly bought some food before boarding onto the buses back to Boston. One item that I can't get out of my mind is the steamed bun that I bought at the last minute from one of the many markets nearby the bus stop. I think it is more Tawainese more than anything (could be totally wrong on this), but it is your typical steamed white bread on the outside, encasing a wonderful filling of ground meat, clear noodles, lots of scallions and ginger, cabbage (?) and lots of other chopped up ingredients and spices.
The steamed buns I've had in Boston's Chinatown have all been BBQ pork buns; slightly sweet, red sauce covering the bits of pork inside steamed bread. I used to get it all the time whenever I bought banh mi at Mix Bakery to round out the meal. I've also had the baked BBQ pork buns, which is really tasty with the mixture of savory and sweet all in one bite..... BUT. I'm in search of a different sort of bao, and I prefer more of the savory type, without the sweetness of the BBQ buns.
Do you have any suggestions where I can find the savory sort of baos (the kind that I described above, where I found in NYC) in Boston and WHAT the Chinese name is?