Golden Steamer

Restaurants , Breakfast Little Italy
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Egg custard bun at Golden Steamer

Photograph: Krista Schlueter
Pumpkin bun at Golden Steamer
Photograph: Krista Schlueter
Red bean bun at Golden Steamer
Photograph: Krista Schlueter
Golden Steamer
Photograph: Krista Schlueter
Golden Steamer
Photograph: Krista Schlueter
Golden Steamer
Get your mind out of the gutter—the giggle-inducing name doesn’t refer to some Urban Dictionary–sourced innuendo, but to this hole-in-the-wall’s specialty: the steamed bun. Thirteen varieties of stuffed, cotton-light mantou cover every inch of surface space in the small takeout shop. The buns are fluffy, mildly sweet clouds of dough: rich, nutty red-bean paste fills one; salty-sweet duck egg yolk oozes over another. The must-have, though, is the pumpkin bao, a perky yellow bun that reveals smooth, mellow squash puree.
Venue name: Golden Steamer
Address: 143A Mott St
Cross street: between Grand and Hester Sts
Opening hours: Daily 7am–7:30pm
Transport: Subway: J, Z, N, Q, R, 6 to Canal St
Price: Average bun: $1. Cash only
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Really one of those places that you have to go out of your way to find since it's surrounded by the markets. Love their signature pumpkin bun, one of my favorite things to get in the winter time when they're fresh and warm. They also have meat buns as well as sweeter ones like red bean buns that are all very cheap. Cash only, just like everything else in Chinatown but worth the trek.