Pun-Pao Steamed Buns

  • Veg-friendly Veg-friendly
    ( 9 reviews )

Arak Soi 5 and Inthawarorot Rd (at 1 block north of Warorot Grand Palace), Chiang Mai, Thailand

Serves meat, vegan options available. Situated on the main road facing the moat, this eatery offers only steamed buns. There are 2 different cases: one meat, one vegetarian buns (with a "jay" symbol). Buns are labeled with Thai and English cards. You point out which buns you want and then the staff steams them for you in an individual steamer. 3 tables for seating. Bring your own drink. Also an outlet on 4th floor of Maya Shopping Mall. Open Mon-Sun 8:00am-9:00pm.

Category: Ovo, Chinese, Thai, Fast food, Take-out, Non-veg

Reviews (9)

First Review by msvegan

delicious vegan steamed buns - Edit

Pun-Pao Steamed Buns is located on the corner of Arak Road and Arak 5 Road (Happy Cow location accurate) ... I had 3 delicious vegan steamed buns and a drink for ฿75 ... the staff are super friendly and helpful and the cafe is clean and cool ... a great snack on my way to a vegan cafe for lunch

Pros: nice selection of vegan steamed buns

Cons: serves meat products

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Good (and not deep fried) snack - Edit

The man behind the counter was very nice pointing out the veg options for me. I ended up selecting the shiitake bun which had a nice savory flavor, and also a banana and taro bun neither of which were too sweet. The seating is limited as it appears to be more of a carryout place but overall a good spot to get some snacks.

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OMG - Edit

Vegan steamed buns. So good. So cheap. Get the Coconut Cream and Banana Cream and jam them in your gob. Happiness.


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Awesome dessert or snack - Edit

I love this place. Staff is friendly and helpful. When you ask for "jay" they show you around and point at the vegan buns. Price is between 10-20/25 baht per bun. They steam them within 5 mins and you can eat them at the restaurant or take them home. You can also buy them without being steamed and heat them up in a microwave for 30 secs at home. You can buy drinks there as well. It was nice to go there with friends who also eat meat and cheese and stuff.

Pros: Cheap, Delicious, Vegan

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good buns - Edit

Tasty buns in many flavous, both salty and sweet. Quite a few are vegetarian. They are freshly steamed (5 minutes) and you get them in a paper bag to go but can eat them on a chair also. Location is not 100% exact on the happy cow map, look for the happy dumpling signs, you'll find them.

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Amazingly fluffy buns! - Edit

If you like dim sum buns, the fluffy light as a cloud type, then you should try these! They have vegi flavours, as well as plain buns, which are amazing to mop up curry...you can ask for them un-heated and take them home to steam yourself.
really cheap 15 baht for most buns.

Pros: great buns, cheap

Cons: no seats to eat in

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VERY happy to find this place - Edit

Vegetarian sarrapoa (steamed buns) that are not sweet are very difficult to find in Chiang Mai, so thanks to Happy Cow for leading me to this place. It is a real find with a number of different varieties. The map is a little confusing though as the shop is right on the corner of soi Arak and the moat road. Be a little careful as I asked if they had vegetarian steamed buns in Thai and one worker said no. However, another one corrected her and showed me where they were located. I had thought that I was in the wrong place and almost left. (The ones with meat look quite tempting too).

Pros: clean, lots of choices, pleasant staff

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A great into - Edit

having always wanted to eat steamed buns, this was a great intro
as the listing says, all well labelled, in both thai and english. very helpful staff
loved the flavours of the mixed mushroom especially, wasn't wild about some of the rest but v grateful to have the opportunity

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Great Steamed Vegan Buns - Edit

Just opened. Very clean. Vegan Buns are kept in a different case from buns that contain animal flesh. All buns are labelled with English and Thai cards. Just point at the buns you want and they are steamed up for 5 minutes. Eat there or take away. A couple of very basic tables. They don't serve any drinks and unfortunately don't offer any sauce for the buns (soy, garlic chilli oil etc). Immaculately clean with very nice friendly staff and owner.

Very easy to find facing the moat with a large picture banner of a steamed bun on top of the building.

Pros: Delicious, Vegan, best selection of buns in chang mai

Cons: No sauces

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