We created our own pork buns last night to accompany our hodgepodge dinner of random leftovers. I bought frozen buns in Chinatown and steamed them after the pork belly had been roasted for 2+ hours. Even though the pork belly was already very flavorful by itself, I made a spicy garlic sauce to go with the buns anyway to add more of a kick. Not quite as good as the $4.5 a piece Ippudo pork buns but definitely satisfying. Especially since we can eat so many more at home!
248 E 52nd St
(between 3rd Ave & 2nd Ave)
New York, NY 10022
Hide-Chan was one of the many ramen places on my must-try-ASAP list of restaurants. I went for lunch one day and had one of the lunch specials, which was a bowl of traditional pork ramen (you can choose noodle firmness and broth thickness) and a pork bun, all for $11. I had firm noodles and thick broth (aka extra fatty). The ramen was pretty good. Tasty broth and very al dente noodles. Fatty pieces of meat. Very solid standard bowl. Not as good as Toto… Probably similar to Ippudo.
The pork buns were delicious but tasted like a “fusion” dish because of the teriyaki sauce and mayo. I think the pork bun at Ippudo is simpler which… Depending in your mood is better or worse. Definitely eat your pork bun right when it is served while the bun is still hot and the fatty parts of the meat melt in your mouth.