Where to Find Steamed Buns or “Bao” in Buffalo

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Written by Naomi Sakovics

Published on August 1, 2019

Photo courtesy of Dobutsu

Updated June 2020

Biting into the pillowy soft, warm white bun, filled with savory pork, filled me with an unexpected happiness. It was the first time in my life I had tried steamed buns. It was at Home Taste restaurant, a little hole-in-the-wall spot in Kenmore with incredible Chinese food. The bun seemed like the Chinese equivalent of an American hamburger. It had the bread and meat component. The difference was that this heavenly bun was not baked. It was steamed into perfect softness, and the warm bread wrapped wholly around the flavor-filled meat hiding inside. 

These steamed buns are called “Bao” in Chinese, although you probably already knew that after watching the Pixar short named “Bao.” This is a staple food in northern China. Although they’re traditionally filled with a pork mixture, the buns can be filled with savory or sweet foods. They’re a convenient, all-in-one meal, easy to split with friends or to eat all by your hungry self. 



It was a few years ago that I first had steamed buns. I’ve returned to Home Taste many times since for those huge pork steamed buns (and also for their to-die-for dumplings!) But Home Taste is far from the only place in the Queen City to find the steamy, bready goodness that are steamed buns. 

Here are some places to enjoy exceptional bao: 

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1. Home Taste 

3106 Delaware Ave., Kenmore 


Home Taste offers a couple types of steamed buns. The first on the menu is the most traditional, with minced pork stuffing. A four-count order is $5.50. You can also order it with minced vegetables. A four-count of the vegetable variety is $6.50. I should note that the buns are huge, and an order of four could easily be split among a group of people, especially if other food is being ordered. 

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2. Dobutsu

500 Seneca St., Suite 119, Buffalo

716-322-6004 / 

Dobutsu offers steamed buns on its “Snacks” portion of the menu, with a variety being offered, depending on the day. They are priced daily. 



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3. 007 Chinese Food

25 Grant St., Buffalo (in the West Side Bazaar)

716-464-6389 / 

This husband and wife team sell steamed buns, among other offerings, from their eatery inside the West Side Bazaar. They offer buns filled with pork, and another kind filled with vegetables. Prices range from $2 to $3.50. 




4. SATO Brewpub

110 Pearl St., Buffalo

716-248-1436 / 

SATO Brewpub dishes a stout-braid barbecue, pork, cucumber and kimchi steamed bun ($3.5) on its small plates menu. 


5. Falley Allen

204 Allen St., Buffalo

716-464-3903 / 

Falley Allen switches up the traditional steamed bun by making it crispy. It offers “crispy bao buns” ($11) featuring kimchi, siracha mayo, pickled jalapeño and cilantro, with choice of pickled vegetables. You can get it with short rib (additional $3) or salt and pepper shrimp (also an additional $3).


6. Korean Kitchen

402 Evans St, Williamsville, NY 14221

(716) 626-5980 /

Korean Kitchen serves their “Bao” under the appetizer section of their menu.


7. Pho Lantern Restaurant

837 Niagara St Buffalo, NY 14213

716-240-9680 /

Grab a side order of buns to add to any meal ($4).

8.Waves Restaurant – Fine Dine in Restaurant

118 W Chippewa St Buffalo, NY 14202

716-844-8335 /

Waves Restaurant brings on some major steam bun envy with their BBQ pork bun. Located on their appetizer menu ($7).


9. King’s Wok

3233 Bailey Ave, Buffalo, NY 14215




10. The Griffon House

810 Center St, Lewiston, NY 14902

716-405-7291 /

“Our new ‘Bao Down’ app. Sweet and savory with just a touch of spice.


11. Tasty Time Café

3143 W State St, Olean, NY 14760


It may be known for it’s frozen yogurt but, don’t let that fool you. They’ve got steamed buns and poke bowls as well!


12. Wok and Roll

5467 Sheridan Dr, Williamsville, NY 14221

716-631-8880 /


13. Asia Food Market

2055 Niagara Falls Blvd, Buffalo, NY 14228

716-691-0888 /



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14. Britesmith Brewing

5611 Main St, Williamsville, NY 14221

(716) 650-4080 /

Bao buns come in two options: roasted pork belly and marinated mushroom


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