best chinese bakery you need to know
just to let none chinese know there are over 7 chinese bakery around la and orange county, and they are the best, light and not as sweet as the american kind, it call J J
bakery, the closest one is in irvine, on the corner of Jeffrey and Walnut, if you need more location ,let me know
JJ really is pretty darned good. There's one in Hacienda Heights at Halliburton and Hacienda as well and it's been my go-to whenever I'm in the area since it opened. My parents live there and change bakeries once in awhile but haven't found one worth switching to.
However, JJ is also one of the more expensive bakeries so you'll have to determine for yourself whether it's worth it.
JJ Bakery is always good, they have 3 locations that I know of... HH, Torrance and Arcadia. There is also Jin Patisserrie in Rowland Heights, off Colima in the Ranch 99 market shopping center. The baker studied in France and their stuff is a notch higher than JJ Bakery. Their pastries seems fancier and prettier. There is also Cathy's Bakery with a few locations in Arcadia, Temple City/Alhambra that is not fancy, but good. There is also a good bakery next to Red Ants Cafe in Monterey Park, I can't think of the name, but their Pineapple buns are the best that I have tried.
Now I am getting hungry.
There's a JJ in Rowland Heights at Colima and Nogales as well, and also one at the same plaza as Din Tai Fung in Arcadia. I am addicted to their pickled vegetable bread/donut and their sandwiches. I think their bread is an all around best choice but the cakes looked pretty but don't taste that great. Never thought it that expensive. Maybe comparing to the ones sold at the chinese supermarkets.
Diamond Bakery is probably the worst out ot the lot. Another interesting one is non-chinese. I think is Korean called Tours de Jours or something like that. The ones with pastry cream is the best. My hubbie loved the chocolate stuffed bread at Bread Element in YES plaza in Rowland Heights.
We occasionally stop in at the one across from Din Tai Fung in Arcadia as we wait for our table. We actually bought some of their cakes to taste them as potential wedding cakes. We found the flavor to be typically Chinese in that they were extremely light on sweetness-- so much so that we all had an initial negative reaction. (At our little wedding cake tasting party, my friends and I all looked at each other with this "Where's the flavor??" expression) But as you continue to eat the slice, the sweetness sort of builds in your mouth, so it actually grew on us. However we eventually wound up with the super delicious strawberry and young coconut cake at Van's Bakery in San Gabriel-- no looking for flavor in these cakes, let me tell you!
re: Mr Taster
I was not that impressed with Din Tai Fung despite the ridiculous lines. Their Chao nian gao was okay and that goes for the rest of the dishes I tried~ half a dozen, including the shao long bao..overrated in Arcadia?? They are known for that thin skin but inside was mediocre...What do you think?