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Sep 30, 2006 08:33 PM

Mushroom Buns from TC Pastry in San Francisco

Since reading about it here a couple years ago, TC Pastry has become one of my favorite stops for take-out dim sum. Overall quality is quite good with few clunkers and just about everything I've tried here is decent and more often than not, even excellent. Prices are a bit higher, plus sales tax is added on top of the list price (unlike other take-out places). There are also some tables and chairs for limited seating if you want to eat-in.

I always get the jin dui (fried sesame seed balls) that are filled with lotus seed paste. I also like the no mai chi (mochi balls filled with peanut) and jook (congee).

Last weekend I needed to take an appetizer to a Pinot Noir tasting and stopped here to pick up some of the baked pork buns (3/$1.30). But I also needed something vegetarian for a couple of the guests and was happy to find steamed mushroom buns (3/$1.60). These had the white, cake-like light textured bread about the size of my palm. They were filled with slices of black mushroom and champignon and savory from chopped carrots, celery, and onion. Both reheated easily and were a big hit. And I got away easy with 12 servings for about 10 bucks.

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  1. Oooo, that sounds good. What a brilliant decision for a wine tasting. Bet they paired great with the Pinot Noir.

    If only I didn't have to travel to SF to get them.

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    1. re: lintygmom

      I like the pork buns from TC in the Sunset because they're smaller in size and the filling less sweet than the ones from Cafe Bakery on Noriega. The bread isn't as soft and it has a more yeasty flavor with less sweetness, so more wine friendly. To heat them, 18 fit perfectly onto a half-sheet baking sheet to pop them in the oven for a few minutes to heat through. They freeze well if you want to stock up the next time you're in the neighborhood. I steamed the mushroom ones to reheat them. Just about anything made with mushrooms goes well with red wine.

      TC Pastry also has a location in Daly City, not far from the med center, if you happen to be in the area. The pork buns are larger there and cost 75¢, but they taste about the same.

    2. They need a spot in the East Bay. Near the U would be good!

      1. Their wonton-egg noodle soup for $2.70 is a great, cheap snack too. The wontons are surprisingly tasty.

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        1. re: srr

          Thanks, the wonton tong mein is about the only thing I've yet to try at TC. Here's Gordon's post on his recent visit to the Daly City location...he says the pork buns are 50¢ and not the 75¢ I stated.

          I forgot to mention how skilled TC is with the flaky pastry type items. The cha siu so (bbq pork pies) and the lo pau beng (old wife cake) are excellent here.

          And, one thing I'd stay away from is the black sesame soup. Too much thickener cuts the flavor impact.

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            One more thing...TC Pastry marks down stuff to something like 3 for a $1 at the close of the day, after 6pm or maybe a bit earlier. If you're in the neighborhood, it's a terrific bargain.

        2. What would you say is the best way to reheat this kind of dim sum? Microwave, steamer, or ? I'd buy more to go if I knew a good way to reheat them...Thanks!

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          1. re: The Librarian

            Things that were originally cooked by steaming do best when you reheat by steaming again. You can also microwave them, but be gentle and cover with a dampened paper towel. Baked items or fried things should be baked to reheat.

          2. This morning I found T C Pastry on Irving closed for vacation. Sign says closed July 14 to 28. Reopening July 29, 2015.