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paurwheels Mar 2, 2007 06:55 AM

I know this is a long shot... I'm trying to find a chinese bakery ANYWHERE in AZ... I'm from San Francisco and there was one on every other street, however I can't find a single one here... Finally decided to ask for help...

Anyone know of any?

Thanks!

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  1. azhotdish Mar 2, 2007 07:00 AM

    Might want to check out Ranch 99 in the Chinese Cultural Center (44th St/Van Buren)...I've been there on the weekends when they're making savory pastries outside filled with black bean paste, etc. Not sure if there's just a bakery in the complex, however.

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    1. re: azhotdish
      paurwheels Mar 2, 2007 07:01 AM

      I'm willing to try anything! I've just been really wanting a cocktail bun... pregnant craving... sorry :)

      Do they make them during the week too, or just weekends?

      1. re: paurwheels
        amkirkland Mar 2, 2007 11:06 AM

        they bake all week long. They've certainly got enough stuff to assauge a craving. Every once in a while I can't think without some red bean paste. Their steamed buns are kept warm and are pretty decent for a grocery store.

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          normamou Jan 13, 2008 05:27 PM

          Hi there (me too I love cocktail buns and there is one bakery St Honore in Sydney Chinatown that makes one of the best so far). I did look up recipes online to see if I can make my own today and found your post after coming across two recipes that seem ok. These have not been tested by myself.
          I would go with the one that appeals to your sense. Usually for things like fillings (if they differ slightly) I usually combine bits of the two recipes to something that appeals to me. So here are the two recipes I am happy to try:
          http://chinesefood.about.com/od/dimsumbuns/r/cocktail_buns.htm
          http://www.calorie-count.com/recipe/2...
          All the best enjoy

      2. ciaogal Mar 2, 2007 07:03 AM

        azhotdish ....do they make moon cakes?

        We used to buy moon cakes and hot custard buns @ the Hing Shing Bakery in China Town in Boston.....

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          brianroaz Mar 2, 2007 07:27 AM

          There is a Japanese bakery next to the Japanese market on the SE corner of University and Priest (I believe). Not Chinese, but something if you're looking for Asian pastries. Haven't been there in a few months, however, so I'd check on it first (Arai Bakery, if I remember correctly).

          1. azhotdish Mar 2, 2007 07:33 AM

            The few times I've been there on weekends they had someone selling something like 2 for $1 near the front entrance. But let me say...it's a GROCERY store, not a bakery, so no idea what they regularly stock.

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              hzp Mar 2, 2007 09:56 AM

              I THINK there is one on 16th Street and Bethany... Asahi or something? I pass by it a lot, never gone in.

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              1. re: hzp
                Seth Chadwick Mar 2, 2007 10:15 AM

                Yup. Asahi Bakery. I passed by it last Saturday. 6056 North 16th Street, but I haven't a clue as to what they serve or how it is.

              2. paurwheels Mar 2, 2007 11:08 AM

                I just called them and they said they're an oriental bakery, but they don't have cocktail buns or bo lo baau... I didn't think this would be that complicated! LOL ... I think I'll go check them out anyways though, to see if maybe they have something else along the lines of it :)

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                  Baxterita Mar 2, 2007 12:34 PM

                  paurwheel, sorry about the pregnant craving! Is a cocktail bun like those coconut custard buns they have at dim sum at C-Fu Gourmet in Chandler? If so, they have dim sum every day. I know you can get dim sum to go - it may be worth giving them a call?

                  Another option is to try Lee Lee Market. Although they don't bake in-house, they do seem to have a lot of Chinese/Vietnamese bakery items from those bakeries in CA.

                  1. paurwheels Mar 2, 2007 12:54 PM

                    A cocktail bun is like this:

                    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cocktail...

                    Never tried C-Fu... wonder if they have it...

                    A friend of mine told me to check out Lee Lee's too so I'll try that after the other half is off of work :D

                    1. lawyerbriefs Mar 2, 2007 03:45 PM

                      I think a new place called Bakerzin just opened in Tucson. It's near the University of Arizona. I know it's an Asian bakery, and that this is the first location in the US, but that is all I know.

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                        DriverPhil Mar 7, 2007 03:12 PM

                        Bakerzin is the first US branch of a Singaporean (sp) company but they attempt to be French - baked goods. We stopped once a week or so ago and had a very tasty chocolate desert - the waitstaff was very disorganized though.

                        http://www.bakerzin.com/

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                        Baxterita Mar 5, 2007 10:37 AM

                        Let me know if you tried C-Fu. They might call them "coconut custard buns" - from the link you posted, I think it's the same...

                        1. paurwheels Mar 7, 2007 08:43 PM

                          I'll probably check it out next week when my son and I are home for spring break... we're the brave ones who are willing to try any new restaurant :) I satisfied the craving temporarily with my sister and friend buying me stuff from back home and overnight shipping it but it was SO not worth the cost of shipping for them! So I'll check out C-Fu and let ya know how it went!

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                            kitschdelish Apr 20, 2007 05:42 PM

                            i don't know if you found the cocktail buns... usually they have them in the dim sum restaurants here... so great wall, jade palace, c-fu gourmet, etc.... they don't have them in bakeries here. but since you used to frequent the bakeries in san fran, i say go to asahi bakery like the others were saying... amazing asian style cakes, veggie and meat buns, etc... i know the owner well and love going there! everyone should try it!

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                              p_dubs Jan 13, 2008 06:50 PM

                              Arai bakery is really something, you have to try their bread! They do sell out on a regular basis though. As for Chinese bakery, we don't have anything even close to S.F. or San Jose. However, the items that you described are normally found at dim sum restaurants. I tried the bakery items at "Ranch 99" (they changed the name) and Lee Lee Market, I would recommend you avoid them. However, if you are down by the Chandler area, you might try Lee's, across the street from Lee Lee's, they serve Vietnamese (French influenced) baked items on the premises.

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