Mai-tou (known mostly as mantou) are fried buns that look and taste an awful lot like doughnut holes. They are served with a side of sweet and syrupy condensed milk, which affixes itself so well to the mai-tou that it almost resembles Elmer's Glue (in a tasty way, of course).
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There's great food everywhere you look in Chinatown, so where do you start? This year I decided to eat at as many of the non-Tony Hu Chinatown restaurants as I could. And there are a lot of them.
Sure, I was in Sweet Station in Chicago's Chinatown eating a Portuguese Pork Chop Sandwich ($3.95), but after one bite I was transported immediately to Madison Square Park in New York. Hang with me.