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pineapple coconut buns--any actual pineapple?

Louise Oct 31, 2004 11:40 PM

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?

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    yimster Nov 1, 2004 11:11 AM

    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.

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    1. re: yimster
      gordon wing Mar 26, 2011 08:18 PM

      Here's a picture of a pineapple bun with coconut filling ......what's the cantonese name for this?
      Bo lo ................
      This picture is from Napoleon Super Bakery in SF - you can get it in Oakland also.

      Napoleon Super Bakery
      810 Franklin St, Oakland, CA

      1. re: gordon wing
        yimster Mar 26, 2011 09:19 PM

        Just add the Chinese word for coconut in front of the bo lo bao,

        Yeah gee bo lo bao. Not sure of the spelling but there it is.

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          gordon wing Mar 26, 2011 10:35 PM

          Thanks Yimster - I knew coconut is "yeah" and pineapple bun is "bo lo bao" -
          what is 'gee"?

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            shanghaikid Mar 26, 2011 10:51 PM


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              yimster Mar 26, 2011 11:39 PM

              coconut is a two word name in Chinese, not juice

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      Chandavkl Nov 1, 2004 12:36 AM

      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.

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        ChowFun (derek) Nov 1, 2004 09:58 AM

        Where do you find the "pineapple-pork bun" ?
        It sounds good!

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          Chandavkl Nov 1, 2004 03:45 PM

          I've had the gook bao with a pineapple crust at a couple places, but not that I recall in the Bay Area. The first place I had it was at Goldworld Seafood in San Gabriel down here in the L.A. area, and I've had it a couple other times, but can't recall where.

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