Mei Li Wah

Mei Li Wah

Bakery, Chinese Restaurant, and Asian Restaurant$$$$
Chinatown, New York
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  • Christina C.
    "Steamed (white) or baked (Brown) roast pork buns are delicious."(84 Tips)
    Eòsaph U.
    "Pork buns & coconut buns are the best in the city"(5 Tips)
    Tiffany D.
    "Get the "Famous bun"!!!!! Delicious"(5 Tips)
    Tadalf
    "... with pork, chicken, chinese sausage, egg and mushroom, is undeniably the best..."(3 Tips)
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  • YanaBelle W.
    YanaBelle WaveJune 23, 2014
    Baked pork buns are better than steamed, more meat less fat jello. Coconut buns are everything so good I forgot to take a picture so just buy one and be happy. Get in, get out and no hurt feelings.
  • Mashka
    MashkaNovember 5, 2015
    If you've never tried the roast pork buns, know that they are on the mushy and sweet side. I liked them, but I could see some finding them too fatty or of strange texture. Still only $1 each.
  • Untapped Cities
    Untapped CitiesJuly 27, 2012
    Still hungry after a night out on Bayard Street? Hard to believe, but Mei Li Wah's Big Bun will take care of you. Stuffed with chinese sausage, pork, and salted egg, it's the guiltiest of delights. Read more
  • Lori L.
    Lori LuoFebruary 10, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The baked roast pork bun sold here is definitely the best in Chinatown. The filling is tender and savory-sweet and the outer shell baked to the perfect sheen. Best of all, it's a mere $1.
  • Christina C.
    Christina C.November 17, 2013
    Steamed (white) or baked (Brown) roast pork buns are delicious. I prefer the baked because the bread is a little sweet then you get a little salty from the today pork. Perfect combination.
  • Latiesha C.
    Latiesha CastonAugust 16, 2014
    The baked roast pork buns are my favorite. I am obsessed. I discovered them as the result of a happy accident, I meant to get steamed. And now I buy them by the dozen. They are my treat to myself.
  • Netsirk
    NetsirkAugust 30, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    99% Filipinos go here! The owners know what you are talking about if you order siao mai and siao pao!! Cheap and delectable, your money is worth a dozen of the steamed siao pao! Lami kaayo! Sarap! ;)
  • John F.
    John FrenchSeptember 24, 2015
    The Baked Roast Pork Bun is the closest I have found to the ones I had in Hong Kong. They are amazing, but the quest continues. The Famous Bun doesn't have anything in it, so don't waste your time.
  • Emily C.
    Emily ChenJanuary 19, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    the roast pork buns are amazing! make sure to get a fresh one, if you can! and they're less than $1!
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsSeptember 26, 2013
    Pass on the signature pork buns, which have been less impressive of late, but the rice rolls, congee, and steamed lotus paste buns are worth a buy.
  • jon f.
    jon ferrerFebruary 29
    This was my parents go-to spot for Siopao / Char Siu Bao when I was a kid and I loved it. Unfortunately, the bao aren't as good as I remember. Too thick and bready but the price is still right.
  • Real Cheap Eats
    Real Cheap EatsJune 17, 2012
    Avoid the steamed roast pork buns here and stick with the famous baked version. "These soft, lightly glazed buns don’t skimp on the saucy, sweet and savory roast pork filling." Read more
  • Katie W.
    Katie WSeptember 27
    The best buns in China town. Always hot. Always fresh. Cheap as hell. Pork buns are so filling and tasty. I always stop in and grab one.
  • Gerald S.
    Gerald SotoSeptember 18, 2011
    Fastest way to bypass a large line on busy days is to just step all the way in and be seated. Order 2 buns then place the rest to go from your table.
  • Adam S.
    Adam SaiewitzSeptember 26, 2011
    Cheap, delicious pork buns. Two make a meal, three make a feast. Get one steamed and one baked -- the sweet coating on the baked is awesome!
  • jake f.
    jake furstSeptember 8, 2014
    stick to the baked pork buns and the fresh shrimp rice noodle roll and you'll leave here happy. don't get too weird though, the rest of the stuff we tried was pretty suspect.
  • David D.
    David DanzigerJune 27, 2013
    Good coconut buns. Just had unpleasant experience: counter boy wouldn't let me sit down (with drink I just purchased there). Restaurant empty. They need to train staff. (It is a tea house....)
  • Julie J.
    Julie JEWELeSAugust 23, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Baked Pork Buns & Steamed Combo Buns - We always have to bring home a box of freshly made buns! #Yum (via @Foodspotting)
  • Clyde Erwin B.
    Clyde Erwin BarrettoMarch 10, 2014
    Twelve pork buns for only $10.80, nuff said. And yes, the pork buns are actually pretty good and filling as well.
  • Joan P.
    Joan ParkAugust 17, 2014
    Make sure to order the baked roast pork bun (not steamed). Sweet glazed skin, savory & ultra juicy pork on the inside for $0.80.
  • Michael H.
    Michael HowardAugust 16, 2014
    The baked pork buns are the best. Their fried dumplings were good too but it looks like they were taken off the menu recently.
  • Matthew R.
    Matthew RechsJanuary 5, 2013
    No need to bother with anyplace else when it comes to steamed or baked pork buns. Also try "cocktail bun" and "famous bun."
  • Compass
    CompassApril 24, 2014
    Roast pork buns are huge and deep fried and egg custard is creamy and traditional at the popular bakery.
  • Kaoru K.
    Kaoru K.September 21, 2013
    The baked pork buns really come correct. The rice rolls take about 10 min but they are worth the wait.
  • Naomi N.
    Naomi N.April 10, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Best fatty baked porkbuns in the city. Can easily make 2 into a quick, cheap dinner. In fact, all their dimsum is amazing!
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Teresa
    TeresaDecember 12, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    If you like fatty pork, then their roasted pork buns are for you. I prefer the "Famous" bun. It's a plain bun, but slightly sweet and very chewy!
  • Daniel
    DanielAugust 14, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Best. Pork. Buns. $0.90. Best price I've found. And they're still warm. And full of meat.
  • Chelle .
    Chelle 🗽February 24, 2011
    For the filipinos out there, their combination siopao/big bun hits the spot (delicious pork, shrimp, chinese sausage and boiled egg filling)
  • Julie J.
    Julie JEWELeSAugust 23, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Baked Roast Pork Bun - So good! One of my favorites! (via @Foodspotting)
  • Bee
    BeeAugust 12, 2014
    the pork buns are on the sweeter side, but delicious. The lotus seed buns were not that great. Congee orders take up to 10 minutes.
  • Katelyn L.
    Katelyn LMarch 25, 2012
    Get 1 steamed & 1 baked (for $0.90 each) and take them to Columbus Park to enjoy them outside.
  • Simone J.
    Simone JungDecember 14, 2015
    Go here for some delicious pork buns (baked and steamed) and their coconut buns!
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhMarch 14, 2015
    Get their pork buns, egg custard & shrimp rice rolls. Delicious & cheap food!
  • Malony S.
    Malony StaAnaSeptember 8, 2013
    Best Tai Pao in Chinatown. And try the coconut bread also it's really good!
  • Teresa
    TeresaNovember 28, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    I prefer their Famous Buns over their baked roast pork buns. Their roast pork is extremely fatty, so just a warning!
  • Larry M.
    Larry MakMarch 10, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Baked pork buns - get one, get a dozen, get a couple dozens and make new friends!
  • Linda C.
    Linda ChowOctober 26, 2015
    Been coming here since I was a child! Love the pork buns and sweet buns.
  • Lu L.
    Lu LiDecember 18, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    food is great and cheap. service can be rude seen arguments between customers and grumpy waitress with glasses on several pccassions
  • 陳雄暉 弟.
    陳雄暉 弟兄March 15, 2015
    I love how rude and loud the ladies -- especially the one with the pink cap -- behind the counter are. When she shouts, "Next!" you better step up and place your order.
  • Tadalf
    TadalfFebruary 17, 2010
    The Big bun with pork, chicken, chinese sausage, egg and mushroom, is undeniably the best you'll ever find in the city. And a bargain @ $1.60 each.
  • Vansi
    VansiJuly 22, 2014
    The baked pork buns are really awesome! But I didn't enjoy anything else they had.
  • Katie W.
    Katie WSeptember 27
    $1 per pork bun can't be beat for how much meat comes in the bun. Yummy!!!
  • Susan
    SusanSeptember 2, 2015
    Their rice crepes are a bit pricey but freshly made. Prepare to wait at least 10 minutes. Worth a try.
  • Jeffrey A.
    Jeffrey AllenJanuary 1, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Roast pork buns are where it's at... especially at 80 cents a pop. I make it a foursome. One for now, one for later and two for the fridge.
  • Bryan K.
    Bryan KingJanuary 6, 2013
    Come for the baked roast pork buns, stay for their rice noodle rolls.
  • Christy M.
    Christy MommsenFebruary 8, 2014
    Service is as rude as they say. For less than a buck, the baked pork buns are tasty and better than the steamed.
  • Joe C.
    Joe CheskinFebruary 7, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The brown buns are the best! Get a dozen on your way out : )
  • Ben G.
    Ben GMay 8
    Been here 5+ times
    Sweet, bready bao and curt service. Don't bother sitting, just grab and go. Pork bun is good, but Hop Shing's is better.
  • Pauline P.
    Pauline PanJune 18, 2015
    Get the baked "char siao bao" or as my Fillipino friends call it "siao bao".
  • Luke D.
    Luke DrapalOctober 13, 2011
    Pork buns are amazing and cheap. Also try hot ginger tea!
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