Monday, July 21, 2014

Kung Fu Little Steamed Buns

Awhile ago, my good friend and I went out to lunch. He's a big fan of Asian cuisine so I suggested we try out Kung Fu Little Steamed Buns which opened not too far away from the office. We left a bit early in hopes of scoring a table. And we were happy that we did. Shortly after we sat down, the line was long with people waiting outside.
As true to any "authentic" Asian restaurant, service to brisk and to the point. You won't have people asking you how you are today. Instead, they want your order and will serve you right away. Hey, I wanted to get in and out as quickly as possible too. This wasn't a day to spend 2 hours at leisurely lunch.

So I ordered a bowl of the house special ramen ($11.50) to start. It's not Japanese ramen but instead a Chinese version of noodles in soup which came with shrimp, beef, egg, and bok choy. The bowl is regular sized and warmed me. I was happy with this simple dish.

My friend ordered the house beef fried noodle ($12) which he seemed to enjoy as well. Freshly pan fried with a myriad of meat, noodles, and vegetables. Presentation is not a priority here.
To share, we had the Kung Fu steamed pork buns ($8.25) which are pork soup dumplings. They also serve crab and pork, shrimp, loofah, and pork, as well as vegetable. These dumplings were piping hot holding fatty pork, juices, and broth within their slightly too thick wrappers. For midtown, these were the best I've had so far.
And to throw some more food into the mix, we shared the Shanghai pan fried pork buns ($8.25). Thick, soft bread fried with a crispy bottom holding juicy bits of pork inside. Again, very good for Midtown.
And because my friend is white, he also ordered the scallion pancakes ($4.50). Though light and crispy, these just didn't impress us. Not too much scallion flavor but more greasy. A skip next time.
Kung Fu Little Steamed Buns is a solid choice for Shanghainese food in Midtown. If you're not used to the rushed service and stony faces, don't fret. It's not you. It's business.

Kung Fu Little Steamed Buns
811 8th Avenue
New York, NY 10019
(917) 388-2555


  1. I had the exact same thoughts about Kung Fu LSB. The soup is a bastardization of ramen but is totally not bad. I've had the spicy beef 'ramen'/noodle soup a couple times now and was happy about it afterwards. We came to the same conclusion about the XLB as well, as good as you're going to get in Midtown.

    Conclusion, the place is small, get there at non-standard times, but is relatively solid food-wise.

  2. Hahaha "because my friend is white" - do real Asian people not eat scallion pancakes?

    **I do not eat scallion pancakes except at one place.

    1. In my own experience, I don't see it ordered ever. Not sure if it's just specific to me or if it's not really good here (it's usually not). But I do know that it's widely available in China and Taiwan.


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