My friends I weren't planning to add a dessert to our already Chinese food-filled bellies at King Star Restaurant in Bay Ridge until I spied a waiter bring a plate of deep-fried mantou and condensed milk to a neighboring table. There was no question about it: We were ordering it.
Mantou are soft, fluffy, steamed bread rolls. While rather boring on their own, they become a must-eat when deep fried to a golden brown, giving them a thin, crispy crust. Slather with thick, super thick condensed milk and you have a combination of the two of the best flavors: "sugar" and "deep fried." Just make sure to wait a while before digging in or you'll unleash the bread's skin-scalding powers.
King Star Restaurant
6022 8th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11220 (at 60th Street; map) 718-492-6888
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