Excellent pork buns of the baked variety are to be had at Golden Gate Bakery. They’re rworange’s favorite, with the perfect ratio of pork to bun. The bun has a touch of sweetness, and the saucy pork filling has a bit of an edge, as if there were a touch of alcohol in the sauce.
You’s is favored by CYL and roster. Yimster likes Red House Bakery for its generously filled buns–however, other hounds are concerned that the filling level is inconsistent. However, definitely check out their “old wife cake,” says Melanie Wong, with flaky pastry that tastes of lard and a tasty, complex filling of nuts and coconut.
Cafe Bakery makes a great baked barbecue pork bun, favored by many hounds. But go early–they’re usually sold out by early afternoon.
Golden Gate Bakery [Chinatown]
1029 Grant Ave., San Francisco
You’s Dim Sum [Chinatown]
675 Broadway, San Francisco
Red House Bakery [Bay Shore]
2818 San Bruno Ave., San Francisco, CA
Cafe Bakery & Restaurant [Sunset]
1365 Noriega St., San Francisco