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Where to Feast on Savory Chinese Buns in Montreal

A dozen spots for standout bao, as well as roujiamo, aka “Chinese hamburgers”

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Meat and bread: for carnivores, what’s not to like? These two ingredients form the foundation of two Chinese approaches to this classic canon: the snacks known as bao and roujiamo.

Lotus leaf buns, or bao, are fluffy clamshell-shaped steamed breads folded around a variety of fillings. With roots in South China’s Fujian province, this handheld snack is a staple dish in many Asian countries and regions, including Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Here in Montreal, diners can enjoy bao stuffed with everything from soft-shell crab to kimchi to karaage (Japanese fried chicken). Roujiamo (literally “meat wedged in bread”) is a flat, saucer-sized griddled bread, split and stuffed with tender beef, lamb, or pork. Sometimes referred to as a Chinese hamburger, it hails from the Shaanxi province, but is increasingly found here, thanks in part to Chinese expats who can’t live without it.

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1. Mayhem Saveurs Asiatiques

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H2j2l2, 4433 Saint Denis St, Montreal
QC H2J 2L2, Canada
(514) 274-9888
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The Plateau’s restaurant and sangria bar offers a selection of bao named after Asian cities on its menu: the Taiwan features pork belly, the Saigon is filled with tofu, and the Seoul is all about fried chicken.

Three Chinese steamed bao on a wooden board.
Three Chinese steamed bao on a wooden board.
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83 Rue De La Gauchetière O, Montréal
QC H2Z 1C2, Canada
(514) 875-1388

This Chinatown standby has a pastry shop on one side and all manner of dim sum and Hong Kong style stuffed buns on the other. Check out their special roujiamo, called “the Mo’s Bun” with barbecue pork, and kimchi chicken or beef.

3. MajesThé Asian Restaurant & Bar MajesThé

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2077 Blvd Robert-Bourassa, Montréal
QC H3A 2M3, Canada
(514) 840-5128
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Pork belly, karaage, or crispy fried tofu are the bao stars of this Taiwanese fusion restaurant and bar across the street from McGill. With fresh homemade bubble tea upstairs in the daytime and cocktails downstairs in a cozy nighttime speakeasy, there’s no excuse to miss out. 

4. Nouilles Zhonghua

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908 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal
QC H3A 1G3, Canada
(514) 574-6188
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There’s plenty of Chinese homestyle food here, including pulled noodles, but don’t miss the “Chinese Burger” featured front and centre on their menu; this one’s filled with pork. Order cold dishes like spicy tofu strips or shredded potato salad and make a picnic of it on the McGill campus (when the weather’s right).

5. East Pan Asiatique Cuisine et Bar

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1250, Boulevard Robert-Bourassa, Street Level, Montréal
QC H3B 3B8, Canada
(438) 386-9088
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Situated in the downtown Renaissance hotel, here visitors can feast on bao stuffed with Peking duck, crispy chicken, or a braised pork filling featuring five-spice, sesame, peanuts, Thai basil, and green mustard cabbage.

Two steamers filled with meat and vegetable stuffed bao.
Two steamers filled with meat and vegetable stuffed bao.
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1425 Rue Mackay, Montréal
QC H3G 2H6, Canada
(514) 288-1314

This elegant restaurant offers roujiamo with tofu, and the option of adding on barbecued lamb. Mei is also one of the few places in town making jianbing, a crispy pancake stuffed with egg and crunchy dough bites, for a carb snack beyond compare. 

7. La Maison du Nord

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2130 Rue St Mathieu, Montréal
QC H3H 2J4, Canada
(514) 670-3188
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Noodles galore and a roujiamo with pork — called simply “pork sandwich” — are featured on the menu of this Concordia-adjacent restaurant, alongside “lamb with pita,” a larger-sized flatbread stuffed with lamb and then fried.

8. Chef Lee

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1901 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal
QC H3H 1M3, Canada
(514) 379-1260
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This Shaughnessy Village establishment (owned by the same dumpling mavens who own Sammi and Soupe Dumpling and Qing Hua Dumpling) serves up classic Shanghai-style pork belly bao alongside Beijing-style smoked meat, crispy garlic chicken, and teriyaki beef or mushrooms fillings. 

9. Bar Otto

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2695 Rue Notre Dame O, Montréal
QC H3J 1N9, Canada
(514) 419-0909
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Softshell crab bao are on the menu at this Little Burgundy outpost of the Otto brand, just as creative and delicious as everything else on the menu. 

10. Satay Brothers

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3721 Rue Notre Dame O, Montréal
QC H4C 1P8, Canada
(514) 933-3507
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Stuffed with pork belly, fried chicken, tofu, tempeh, or just served plain, Satay Bros is a local favourite for bao of all kinds. 

A large steamer filled with Chinese buns.
A large steamer filled with Chinese buns.
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11. Gia Ba

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5766 Av de Monkland, Montréal
QC H4A 1E9, Canada
(514) 564-7698
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Monkland’s Sichuan restaurant features Taiwanese-style pork and soft-shell crab bao as part of their voluminous menu. 

12. Restaurant Mai Tian

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8500 Bd Taschereau, Brossard
QC J4X 2T4, Canada
(514) 447-7766

Brossard’s Mai Tian calls their roujiamo a pork bread pie, one of several traditional Chinese breads on their menu. Check out their sesame-studded shao bing flatbreads featuring pork or beef with green onion and pan-fried leek dumplings, perfect with Northern-style thick noodles with soybean paste.

1. Mayhem Saveurs Asiatiques

H2j2l2, 4433 Saint Denis St, Montreal, QC H2J 2L2, Canada
Three Chinese steamed bao on a wooden board.
Three Chinese steamed bao on a wooden board.
Mayhem Saveurs Asiatiques/Facebook

The Plateau’s restaurant and sangria bar offers a selection of bao named after Asian cities on its menu: the Taiwan features pork belly, the Saigon is filled with tofu, and the Seoul is all about fried chicken.

H2j2l2, 4433 Saint Denis St, Montreal
QC H2J 2L2, Canada

2. Bao

83 Rue De La Gauchetière O, Montréal, QC H2Z 1C2, Canada

This Chinatown standby has a pastry shop on one side and all manner of dim sum and Hong Kong style stuffed buns on the other. Check out their special roujiamo, called “the Mo’s Bun” with barbecue pork, and kimchi chicken or beef.

83 Rue De La Gauchetière O, Montréal
QC H2Z 1C2, Canada

3. MajesThé Asian Restaurant & Bar MajesThé

2077 Blvd Robert-Bourassa, Montréal, QC H3A 2M3, Canada

Pork belly, karaage, or crispy fried tofu are the bao stars of this Taiwanese fusion restaurant and bar across the street from McGill. With fresh homemade bubble tea upstairs in the daytime and cocktails downstairs in a cozy nighttime speakeasy, there’s no excuse to miss out. 

2077 Blvd Robert-Bourassa, Montréal
QC H3A 2M3, Canada

4. Nouilles Zhonghua

908 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal, QC H3A 1G3, Canada

There’s plenty of Chinese homestyle food here, including pulled noodles, but don’t miss the “Chinese Burger” featured front and centre on their menu; this one’s filled with pork. Order cold dishes like spicy tofu strips or shredded potato salad and make a picnic of it on the McGill campus (when the weather’s right).

908 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal
QC H3A 1G3, Canada

5. East Pan Asiatique Cuisine et Bar

1250, Boulevard Robert-Bourassa, Street Level, Montréal, QC H3B 3B8, Canada
Two steamers filled with meat and vegetable stuffed bao.
Two steamers filled with meat and vegetable stuffed bao.
EAST/Facebook

Situated in the downtown Renaissance hotel, here visitors can feast on bao stuffed with Peking duck, crispy chicken, or a braised pork filling featuring five-spice, sesame, peanuts, Thai basil, and green mustard cabbage.

1250, Boulevard Robert-Bourassa, Street Level, Montréal
QC H3B 3B8, Canada

6. Mei

1425 Rue Mackay, Montréal, QC H3G 2H6, Canada

This elegant restaurant offers roujiamo with tofu, and the option of adding on barbecued lamb. Mei is also one of the few places in town making jianbing, a crispy pancake stuffed with egg and crunchy dough bites, for a carb snack beyond compare. 

1425 Rue Mackay, Montréal
QC H3G 2H6, Canada

7. La Maison du Nord

2130 Rue St Mathieu, Montréal, QC H3H 2J4, Canada

Noodles galore and a roujiamo with pork — called simply “pork sandwich” — are featured on the menu of this Concordia-adjacent restaurant, alongside “lamb with pita,” a larger-sized flatbread stuffed with lamb and then fried.

2130 Rue St Mathieu, Montréal
QC H3H 2J4, Canada

8. Chef Lee

1901 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal, QC H3H 1M3, Canada

This Shaughnessy Village establishment (owned by the same dumpling mavens who own Sammi and Soupe Dumpling and Qing Hua Dumpling) serves up classic Shanghai-style pork belly bao alongside Beijing-style smoked meat, crispy garlic chicken, and teriyaki beef or mushrooms fillings. 

1901 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal
QC H3H 1M3, Canada

9. Bar Otto

2695 Rue Notre Dame O, Montréal, QC H3J 1N9, Canada

Softshell crab bao are on the menu at this Little Burgundy outpost of the Otto brand, just as creative and delicious as everything else on the menu. 

2695 Rue Notre Dame O, Montréal
QC H3J 1N9, Canada

10. Satay Brothers

3721 Rue Notre Dame O, Montréal, QC H4C 1P8, Canada
A large steamer filled with Chinese buns.
A large steamer filled with Chinese buns.
Satay Brothers/Facebook

Stuffed with pork belly, fried chicken, tofu, tempeh, or just served plain, Satay Bros is a local favourite for bao of all kinds. 

3721 Rue Notre Dame O, Montréal
QC H4C 1P8, Canada

11. Gia Ba

5766 Av de Monkland, Montréal, QC H4A 1E9, Canada

Monkland’s Sichuan restaurant features Taiwanese-style pork and soft-shell crab bao as part of their voluminous menu. 

5766 Av de Monkland, Montréal
QC H4A 1E9, Canada

12. Restaurant Mai Tian

8500 Bd Taschereau, Brossard, QC J4X 2T4, Canada

Brossard’s Mai Tian calls their roujiamo a pork bread pie, one of several traditional Chinese breads on their menu. Check out their sesame-studded shao bing flatbreads featuring pork or beef with green onion and pan-fried leek dumplings, perfect with Northern-style thick noodles with soybean paste.

8500 Bd Taschereau, Brossard
QC J4X 2T4, Canada

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