pineapple coconut buns--any actual pineapple?
Oakland Chinatown's Pacific Renaissance Plaza, on the west side, has a little restaurant/pastry shop. Sorry I can't recall its name. Their pineapple coconut buns are tasty. But they don't seem to have any pineapple in them. I've been told the name refers to the rough crustiness of the bun's topping. Is this correct?
The typical pineapple bun at a Chinese bakery would be a plain bun with no filling, and yes, the pineapple reference is to the crust. The coconut filling is one variation of the pineapple bun, and I don't recall ever having a pineapple bun with any pineapple inside. The best version I've ever had is with bbq pork filling, technically not a pineapple bun, but rather a baked bbq pork bao with a pineapple bun crust.
Normally the pineapple bun does not have a filling but some do. I think that this bun is a Chinese copy of a Mexican bun that is also looks like a pineapple. Hope someone will advise me of the proper name.
Napolean in Oakland has three verisons of this bun. Two filling with a egg custard filling and the other with a bean paste.
Two verison are small in sizecand five for a buck while the other is "full" size for half a buck each.