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New Town Bakery & Restaurant

148 E Pender Street
Vancouver, BC V6A1T3
Tel: (604) 681-1828
Fax: (604) 681-3713
Neighbourhood: Central
  • Cuisine: Bakery, Chinese, Filipino
  • Price: $ ($15 or less)
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Hours: Mon - Sun: 6:30AM - 8:30PM
  • Business hours from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., 7 days a week.Chinese dim sum and traditional steamed buns into the restaurant. The restaurant menu has expanded to include Filipino snacks as well as Western items.

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fun place
By aaunheim of Vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 30, 2006 - 1:51pm [Dine in]

We discovered this place accidentally while walking through china town, and then found out what a great reputation they have for their bakery. The spicy pork steamed bun is really the best around, and their coconut buns are great for dessert or a snack. One day we decided to sit in the restaurant, and it was a fun experience. I think we were the only non-chinese people in the place, but the server was nice when she took our order and packed up our extras. We had steamed buns, shrimp dumplings, hot and sour soup, and chow mein , all for $24! And it was very good, not too heavy or greasy. If you want a quick meal on a budget, this is the place.

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New Town Chinese Buns!
By mister_jacky of Vancouver (22 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 25, 2012 - 3:19am [Dine in]

Been coming here for ages. Big awesome steamed buns, everytime I am near Chinatown I have to make a pitstop and I always get carried away. Filling up stacked boxes of steamed buns. They have lots of baked stuff too but that stuff can usually be picked up anywhere.

Its usually busy, but they have enough staff for the bun takeout where you aren't waiting at all.
Dined inside a couple times, its cheap and they have specials. Kind of typical Chinese too bright cafeteria feel which sucks. and the service kind of sucks.

I want a sausage bun right now. Too bad I dined in and stuffed myself, couldnt bring myself to bring a box home.

Its all about the buns!

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Feeling homey~~
By johnathan of Port Coquitlam (9 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 20, 2009 - 1:35pm [Dine in]

I went to China town with family, decided to go for a little shopping. A friend's call took me to this bakery. Recommended apple tarts are so so good, appley flavour smell so good~ I have never eaten apple tarts this good, feel just like home. Ate some of their steamed buns, they are very good too.

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How do I put this?
By gfparas of vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 3, 2006 - 12:16pm [Dine in]

How do I put this?

Well... the steamed buns are so good! Whichever one you pick is really good. I've been getting steamed buns from here for years except... This one time, and the last time, I was eating a steamed bun, adding my sauce to it for more flavour, enjoying every chew... but something poked at my gums and my tongue. I picked it out of my mouth and I couldn't believe my eyes! It was an unmistakable cockroach leg!!!!!!

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Apple Tarts!
By Elkaso of Richmond, BC (9 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - 12:46pm [Dine in]

When I was a child my father used to bring me to the Cafe across the street. Can't remember the name of it now but they used to have the best apple tarts. When the cafe closed down I didn't know where to go for them but discovered that New Town Bakery has the recipe for them. They are fantastic. They're about $1 each but the best darn apple tarts in town. Don't know much about the other food they serve or their other baked goods - I only went there to pick up some apple tarts.

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The Best Steam Buns in town
By mythbuster of Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 1, 2006 - 5:38pm [Dine in]

I've never eaten at the restaurant, but their Chinese stem buns are awesome! When you buy them, they will ask you whether you want them hot or cold.
Buy them cold if you plan to eat them at home. Otherwise, get them when they are hot out of the steamer, only if you eat the buns right away.
They sell steam buns with a variety of different fillings: Red Bean, Lotus Paste, BBQ-Pork, Curry Chicken, Meat, etc.

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Best Place for Steamed Buns
By EatFood of Burnaby (11 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 12, 2009 - 4:43pm [Dine in]

New Town has the best steamed buns in Vancouver and it's no surprise that this place is packed every time I go there. There are even bums outside hoping that some one will give them a bun or some change to buy buns.

Their other stuff is also really good like the apple tarts that people have mentioned. And if you like egg tarts, they sell ones as big as a pie!

I've never sat down and eaten there so I can't comment on that.

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Apple Tart Mystery Solved!!!
By Tuzio of Vancouver (14 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 13, 2005 - 4:15pm [Dine in]

This is really not a review of New Town since I haven't eaten there in years but this is in response to the Apple Tart Mystery... Having grown up in Chinatown --- the best Apple Tarts and to answer Elkaso's mystery... the place was called Hong Kong Cafe. I would give my right nut to have another one of those heavenly tarts. People would drive in from Seattle just to buy a few dozen...

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apple tarts are the best !
By deborah of Burnaby (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 22, 2007 - 5:06pm [Dine in]

the steamed bbq pork buns are large and tasty. I also like their large crunchy almond cookies which always taste fresh baked from the oven. The deep fried prawn turnovers and minced pork balls are very good too.

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Best steamed chicken buns around
By trisha of Richmond (4 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 28, 2005 - 1:32pm [Dine in]

THE best place to go to for steamed buns in the GVRD. Sponge cake is not so great (go to T&T instead). Palitow is good. Pancit is not so great.
The lady owner of the Richmond location is not person-friendly at all, but don't let it scare you off (i.e. no smile, no hello, and she might not even serve you till she's done eating her own lunch first--she'll make you stand there and wait). I've been going there for years now, that's just the way she is.

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Excellent buns!
By Garee of Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 5, 2005 - 3:38am [Dine in]

[Bakery Only Review]
Steamed buns are what they are famous for. This is quite apparent, as throughout the day there always seems to be someone transfer buns from the bamboo steamer into the steaming cabinet. And because buns are always kept steaming, they are always hot in a very good way.

The Chinese bun dough is above average, with a smooth and almost chewy texture that successfully survives the typically long time it is exposed to steam. Chicken bun is my personal favourite, with a juicy, tasty chunk of tender meat inside. Their Big Bun (not sure if it's the name) is an equally delicious premium extension of the chicken bun, with chicken, egg yolk, and other additions. BBQ pork bun is also worth a try, but does not carry as much sauce as some of the best Dim Sum varieties. Egg custard bun can be considered a light dessert, with a filling of smooth custard made perfectly sweet.

Some of their other items are very good too, such as: Cream Cones, Butterfly Cookies, Chinese Egg Balls, Chinese Rice Crispy, Chinese Fried Egg Crisps.

Starting at $1.10, I will easily choose buying a fresh, healthy, and very delicious bun here rather than eating at McDonalds. Even their homeless patrons know that.

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Very good food
By Tym of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 22, 2007 - 5:56pm [Dine in]

Stopped by for the first time. Very good food and service. The cookies are especially good, as well as the vegetarian buns. Ambiance is not why you come here, but food is very good. Asian style food that isn't particularly cheap. Convenient to find when you're in a hurry.

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