Food Obsession: Steamed Buns from the Viet Hoa

Posted by Holly Whitfield | June 3rd 2013 2807 0

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. 

steam-buns

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.

buns

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.

taro-bun

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).

If you're not near the Viet Hoa, I'm pretty sure they also have them at the Cordova Farmers Market and the Winchester Farmers Market.

Go there:

Viet Hoa Food Market

40 N Cleveland St.
Memphis, TN 38104


Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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