Food Obsession: Steamed Buns from the Viet Hoa
A few weeks ago, I ate a sweet bean paste-stuffed steamed bun at dim sum at Asian Palace. As soon as I swallowed the last of it, I started wondering how soon was too soon to go back for more, because suddenly, I was a woman obsessed.
Luckily, I didn't have to wait for dim sum Sunday to get more. The Viet Hoa food market on Cleveland stocks about five different varieties of frozen buns, both sweet and savory.
I bought two sweet kinds: red bean paste and taro paste. Think of them like Asian Hostess cakes: a doughy, slightly gelatinous outer bun stuffed with sweet, creamy filling.
They're super easy to cook: you can either spritz them with water and stick them in the microwave, or, you can use a pot (or in my case, a rice cooker) with a steaming basket. They take about 20 minutes to cook that way, but it's worth it. I bought them on Saturday night, and I'm already down to my last four buns (they're a great breakfast food).
Viet Hoa Food Market
40 N Cleveland St.
Memphis, TN 38104