Mei Li Wah is a Chinese dim sum spot that makes some of the best pork buns in the city. The buns come in a few varieties, including steamed, baked, and there’s even one with chicken and egg in addition to pork, too. The baked ones with barbecue pork are the best, though - these things are perfectly soft, with a golden brown top, and caramel-y pieces of pork steaming on the inside. While there are plenty of people who come to Mei Li Wah to pick up buns and leave, you can also sit down and have a full meal here that involves some pretty good rice rolls and fried rice dishes with eggs, vegetables, and sausage mixed in.
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