This is Mei Li Wah Bakery. It closed down for a while due to some tragedy in the family, I think. But, it has reopened. I never went in to the place before. But, I think we passed the place on its grand reopening. And, it was packed! So, we decided to come back to visit when the crowds had died down...the crowd never really died down. So, one weekend we decided to give it a shot. We went there for lunch. There are very few tables in the back of the place. So, if you want to sit, you may have to wait. But, most people come to get take out. I think its because they're most known for their buns. I have to say, I haven't come across a place that really wowed me for a while. Well, at least not hear in the states. But, this place is bad ass... meaning its very good.
We started with dim sum items since we were there for brunch-ish type food. We tried some of the staple dishes of dim sum. The shrimp was crunchy. The rice noodle was thick. The sauce was nice. It was gooood.
But, even tho we were full, we decided to try a bun. This is when the "wow" happened. The roast pork bun(Not pictured above. That's a custard bun.) was the best that I've had in the states. If you like the red sweet type of sauce that is usually found in pork buns, you may not like this one. In this bun, you can taste the higher quality of ingredients used. And, you can really taste the pork. AND, the bun itself was awesome. A very thin crunchy layer on the outside and a buttery soft bread on the inside. It's so good it'll make you shed a tear... NICE!!
We liked the place so much that we went back the next day. We tried their dumpling soup and fried rice. Also, very good. They burned their fried rice a little, but not enough to dissapoint.
AND, they had a unique dish that we accidentally ordered. The Lau Mie Gie. You know, the sticky rice rapped in lotus leaf(?). I accidentally ordered the flavored pan fried version of it. A pleasant surprise. Its the same sticky rice, flattened and dipped in a mixture of egg and bean sprouts and pan fried. Very nice. Anyway, I'm really happy to find this place. Definitely recommend it to anyone.
Food: Awesome! The best bakery in Chinatown.
Recommended: It's all good, but focus on the roast pork bun, steamed pork bun, and haw gow(shrimp dumpling)
Price: A bit more expensive than the other bakeries, but way worth it.
Environment: Crowded with limited seating.
Service: Fast and to the point.